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Cold Case

May 31, 2011 permalink

Hamilton police are investigating a 40-year-old case of sexual abuse of CAS wards in Ancaster. Could this be part of a policy to wait decades before checking out abuse in care? Here is another example, 29 years old..



Police probe decades-old child-abuse allegations

Way-J Ranch
SEARCH FOR CLUES Do you know this building on Powerline Road East in Ancaster? Hamilton police are investigating historic sexual assault complaints involving foster children at the former ‘Way-J Boys Ranch’ of Copetown.
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ANCASTER Hamilton police are investigating historic sexual-assault complaints involving foster children at the former ‘Way-J Boys Ranch’ of Copetown on Powerline Road East almost 40 years ago.

Detectives have released an old black-and-white photograph of the house in hopes of jogging someone’s memory.

The photograph was taken in 1974 before renovations were done on the house.

Police say the alleged offences from 1969 through 1972 involved children who were Childrens Aid Society and Catholic Children’s Aid Society wards at the time.

Investigators say the photograph of the home and property, taken in 1974 by present owner, is being released in hopes that someone who either worked at or was a resident of the home during the specified time frame will recognize the property.

Police are interested in speaking with anyone who worked at or was a resident during the specified time.

This location is now a privately owned property and the current owners have nothing to do with the incidents under investigation, police said

Anyone recognizing the home, who was employed or resided there between 1969 and 1972 is asked to Detective Dave Oleniuk of the Hamilton Police Service Victims of Crime Unit at 905-540-5543.

Do you have any information on the Way-J Boys Ranch? Call reporter Stacey Escott at 905-526-3214 or email at

Source: Hamilton Spectator