Cornwall sex offender released, won’t be returning to city: police chief

William Robert Gates, seen here in a September 2014 police booking photo, won't be returning to Cornwall, Ont. after serving a jail sentence for violating terms of his parole. (CCPS via Newswatch Group, File)

CORNWALL – A convicted sex offender, recently released from an Ottawa jail, won’t be coming back to Cornwall to settle down.

Cornwall Newswatch has learned from the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services that William Gates was released last Monday (March 7, 2016).

Gates had served 173 days for violating terms of his release in April 2015 after he had spoken to a three-year-old girl on a Cornwall Transit bus.

The 69-year-old had also been subject of a community safety alert in September 2014.

He had been released the first time after servicing a nine month sentence for possession of child pornography.

But Gates doesn’t plan to come back to Cornwall, according to the city’s police chief.

“Mr. Gates is not living in Cornwall. His intent is to live in the Ottawa area. According to us, he has no plans to relocate to the Cornwall area,” Dan Parkinson told CNW.

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