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Ottawa man guilty on more than 50 charges, including sex crimes against minors, could be deemed dangerous offender

The Government of Ontario says offenders can be deemed dangerous or long-term offenders after prosecutors assess their ongoing risk to public safety.
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Courthouse on Elgin St. in Ottawa, February, 28, 2018. (Photo/ Mike Vlasveld)

An application to have Danyiel Walker deemed a dangerous offender has been submitted by the Ottawa Crown Attorneys' Office after he plead guilty to more than 50 charges, including aggravated sexual assault and child pornography-related offences.

The 43-year-old has had numerous new charges brought against him at a few different times since February of 2019. Police say the charges he plead guilty to stem from multiple incidents, involving four victims ranging in age from 6 to 24 years old, including a child with disabilities.

He is now facing a dangerous offender hearing, which started this week at the Elgin Street courthouse.

The Government of Ontario says offenders can be deemed dangerous or long-term offenders after prosecutors assess their ongoing risk to the safety of the public. A psychiatric assessment is required in order to bring a dangerous or long-term offender application. 

The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) says a dangerous offender hearing allows prosecutors to bring forward evidence from the offender's entire life, so that a judge can determine a proper sentence.

According to the province, if Walker is declared a dangerous offender he will receive an indeterminate prison sentence, unless the court finds that a less severe measure will adequately protect the public. 

Court proceedings in this matter are expected to go until November 5.

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