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Fake landlord charged with sex assaults in phony home showings

A 58-year-old Mississauga man has been arrested in relation to a string of sexual assaults that occurred under the guise of showing rental properties. In November 2019, Hamilton Police received information about two sexual assault incidents that occurred in residences in the area of Pearl Street and Peter Street. The investigation into these incidents remained ongoing and on June 29, 2020, police were made aware of a similar incident that occurred earlier in the day in the same area.

Through continued investigation, police identified a Mississauga man in relation to the three incidents. Later that day, he was arrested at his residence without incident and was turned over to Hamilton Police.  In all three incidents, the victims were not physically injured.

58-year-old Mordecai Berlad, from Mississauga  is charged with three counts of sexual assault and of forcible confinement. He made a court appearance Tuesday.

Hamilton Police are encouraging anyone who may have information to contact Detective Constable Buszkowski of the Sexual Assault Unit at 905-540-5543.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at

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