Released high-risk offender faces 10 new sex charges in Toronto

Posted Feb 8, 2014 by Arthur Weinreb
Toronto police have arrested Hassan Steven Jarrar who now faces 10 charges in relation to luring and sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. He had previously received a 15-year-sentence for beating a teen prostitute who was left in a coma.
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The announcement of Jarrar's arrest was made at a press conference held by Toronto police yesterday. According to police, between Jan. 1 and Feb. 2, 2014, the 41-year-old lured a 14-year-old girl over the Internet and then got her to meet him by threatening to release pornographic pictures he had of her. The girl met Jarrar at a hotel in the city's west end and it is alleged the man sexually assaulted her over a two-day period beginning on Feb. 1.
On Feb. 4, 2014, Jarrar was arrested and charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, accessing child pornography, making child pornography, possession of child pornography, luring a child, extortion, and three counts of failing to comply with a recognizance.
On March 12, 1996, the then 23-year-old Jarrar picked up a 19-year-old prostitute known as "Dana." He beat her so badly her skull was cracked. Jarrar then dumped her in a snow bank near Lake Ontario where she remained for 10 hours until a motorist who was passing by noticed her. Dana remained in a coma for about six weeks and when she awoke, had to learn how to walk, talk and eat again.
The following year, Jarrar was sentenced to 15 years for assault and aggravated assault. He refused any type of treatment and served the entire 15 years. When he was released in June 2012, police warned the public of his release and advised he was considered to be dangerous. An order was obtained under Section 810 of the Criminal Code requiring him to enter into a recognizance that bound him to comply with 15 conditions. These conditions included curfews, residence requirements and advising police of any romantic relationships he had.
But as his previous crime did not involve the Internet, no conditions were placed upon Jarrar forbidding him to use the Internet or allowing police to monitor his online activities.
Jarrar appeared in court yesterday for a bail hearing. After court, Jarrar's mother, Hiam Stateh, told the media her son was innocent of the 1996 crime and the current allegations have been manufactured by the police.
The Sex Crimes Unit of the Toronto Police Service believes there may be other victims and is asking anyone with information to contact them.