Tue, August 10, 2004

York rapist out of prison


A RAPIST who terrorized York University by attacking and robbing women during a three-month crime spree has been released from prison and will be living in a Kingston halfway house, police warned yesterday. Kingston police are alerting the public about the statutory release of Philip Foremsky, 22, from Warkworth Penitentiary last week after determining he is a high risk to reoffend.

Det. Gerry Doherty said police are concerned about making Queen's University students aware of Foremsky's presence in the area.

Doherty said Foremsky's clean-cut appearance and soft-spoken nature won't draw much attention.

"He would certainly blend in with the university crowd," he said.

Foremsky served two-thirds of his five-year prison sentence and was eligible for release.

While Foremsky remains under several strict conditions, he will be free to come and go from the halfway house.

Foremsky was just 18 when he pleaded guilty to groping, sexually assaulting and robbing women -- two at knifepoint -- as they walked near York's main campus between July 21 and Sept. 29, 2000.