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TRIGGER WARNING/ATTENTION: There is a serial rapist now out of prison in Ontario and he is using dating sites
Massive TRIGGER WARNING.
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A violent serial rapist listed on the national sex offender registry appears to be looking for a girlfriend on a Hamilton dating website.
A profile for Najim Khairzad, who pleaded guilty in 2009 to raping four women — choking some nearly to the point of unconsciousness — is on Plenty of Fish, a free matchmaking service.
"Kindness and easy to get along with are what I’m most known for," the profile says.
It is unmistakably Khairzad’s photo and it is the same username — afgstylz83 — he frequently went by in chat groups and on gaming and dating sites before his arrest.
Some of the profile fits Khairzad’s history: he is 31, about 5-foot-10, he does have “some college” education and lives in Hamilton.
Khairzad is out of prison, confirms Correctional Services Canada. In fact, it is his second time out.
Parole Board of Canada documents show Khairzad was out on statutory release in November 2012. Less than nine months later, he was back behind bars after violating several of his conditions by drinking and driving through the very north Hamilton neighbourhood where he had picked up sex workers and raped them.
Documents show his next statutory release date — the last possible day he could be in custody — was Jan. 29, 2014. His warrant expires June 6, 2014, meaning his current parole conditions extend until then.
His conditions include reporting all intimate sexual and non-sexual relationships and friendships with women to his parole supervisor, not accessing pornography and having no contact with sex workers. He must also live at a halfway house.
Though he had sex offender counselling, the parole board assessed him as having a “preoccupation with sex” and posing a “high moderate risk” of reoffending.
Attempts to reach Khairzad for this story were unsuccessful.
The Plenty of Fish profile says, “Wants to date but nothing serious.” Interests include “having some drinks” although that is a violation of Khairzad’s conditions and lists him as having a car although he is prohibited from driving because the rapes took place in his cars.
"I saw his face and I felt sick," says a woman whom Khairzad contacted through Plenty of Fish.
The woman, who does not want her name published out of fear for her safety, says she and Khairzad once had the same circle of friends. She followed his high-profile rape case closely.
The note he sent her Wednesday asked if she’d like to meet. She believes he does not remember her from years ago.
But she remembers him.
"I blocked him and reported him to Plenty of Fish. My concern is that women are going to be raped."
Jan. 22, 2014, a profile for afgstylz with a photo of Khairzad appeared on another dating site called RateMyBody. “I’m kind, mature and I know what I want in life,” it says.
On Disabled Dating Canada, afgstylz says he has epilepsy and is a “friendly, down to earth guy who is new to this.”
Six years ago, Khairzad cruised the streets of Hamilton picking up sex workers. He was, his victims would later testify, handsome and polite. They got into his car and drove to dark parking lots.
Then he attacked.
He raped one woman four times before she got free.
The five-month string of assaults ended in the pre-dawn hours of Jan. 11, 2009. A police officer saw a man and woman arguing in a car. When he pulled them over, the terrified woman said she had been raped. Khairzad, a 25-year-old Mohawk College student, was arrested.
Later that night, police got a call from another sex worker. A man had attacked her earlier. The licence plate she gave matched Khairzad’s. A third woman came forward with another plate number, registered to another member of Khairzad’s immediate family.
Six sex workers came forward and Khairzad was charged with three counts of choking, one count of assault, three counts of sexual assault, three counts of forced anal intercourse, one count of threatening and three counts of forcible confinement.
Unbelievably, he got bail.
That’s when I met him.
I went to Khairzad’s home and interviewed him.
Khairzad told me this: “I’m not a bad person at all. Things happen to people. They can’t control their situation. People make mistakes. No one’s perfect. Nothing will happen again.”
When I pressed him on what his “mistake” was, he answered: “Making the mistake of dealing with those types of people. Sex trade workers. They’re all druggies.”
After my column on Khairzad was published, his bail was revoked and he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting four women.
Court heard he is a sadist who gets pleasure from inflicting pain.
Dec. 8, 2009, he was sentenced to four years and four months.
That was the last time I saw Khairzad. Just before he was led away, he addressed the court.
"I am deeply sorry for the distress I have caused. This will never happen again."
Please pass this around - he is currently in Hamilton. I want everyone to know his face and his name so they can steer clear of him and remain safe.
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