Peterborough police issue public safety notice after Selwyn Township man is released from custody

20-year-old Austin DeMaeyer has a 'history of targeting women' according to police

20-year-old Austin DeMaeyer of Selwyn Township. (Police-supplied photo)
20-year-old Austin DeMaeyer of Selwyn Township. (Police-supplied photo)

Peterborough police have issued a public safety notice after a 20-year-old Selwyn Township man was sentenced and released from custody on Wednesday (April 26) in connection with an incident on a Peterborough trail last June.

Austin DeMaeyer was arrested on June 22, 2022 for contravening a lifetime weapons prohibition and a probation order to not attend any campground, park, trails, or hiking areas except accompanied by an adult.

Peterborough police had spotted DeMaeyer by himself and followed him to a trail in the area of Nassau Mills Road and Armour Road. Officers located him just off the trail in the bushes with a compound bow and arrows.

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As part of DeMaeyer’s sentencing on Wednesday, he was placed on a three-year probation order for failing to comply with a previous probation order to not possess any weapons.

“Given the nature of the crimes, which includes a history of targeting women, we have chosen to release his name and photo,” reads a statement from the Peterborough Police Service. “This release is being made in accordance with the provisions of the Ontario Police Service Act.”

Until his sentencing and release on Wednesday, DeMaeyer had been held in custody since his arrest in June 2022.