Toronto hairstylist, accused pedophile faces new charges after ‘suspicion of sexual interference’

A Toronto hairstylist is facing new charges in connection with allegations he tried to sexually exploit children at a workshop he was teaching, police said Thursday.

Police announced the arrest Thursday of Kerry Keith Woodyard, 45, of Windsor, Ont., and a series of additional charges against the salon owner and accused pedophile.

Toronto police are now alleging that Woodyard had tried to entice children to perform a sex act on him.

Police originally found their evidence from Woodyard while executing a search warrant at his salon in 2015 after he was accused of sexually assaulting children at a workshop he was teaching.

Investigators initially arrested Woodyard for sexual assault and put out a warning to people not to interact with the man.

But Woodyard was discovered to have stayed in the program and to be teaching other classes at different locations.

Woodyard, known as an illusionist and illusion stylist, eventually had to quit his business after the Ontario hair salon where he worked had lost its license after his 2015 arrest.

He had even been booked to perform a workshop at a beauty school in California in February 2016, Toronto police said.

Woodyard is also charged with teaching or instructing children to engage in sexual activity, police said.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Tobias Lindberg, the chief of the Toronto Police sex crimes unit, said he is hoping the new charges against Woodyard will encourage more victims to come forward.

Woodyard remained jailed Thursday in a Belleville, Ont., prison without bail.

To contact Dale, please contact the Special Victims Unit at 416-808-0000 ext. 4100.

Dale is Toronto Sun Canada’s Chief Police Source. Please make sure to scroll down and click on the “Latest News” link at the top of the page.

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