Calgary, AB,

Release of High-Risk Offender – Aaron Edward GATZA

In the interest of public safety, the Calgary Police Service is issuing the following public information and warning regarding the release of a high-risk offender.

Aaron Edward GATZA, 31, is being released to the Calgary community, today, Friday, Aug. 18, 2023, after serving an almost four-year sentence for breaching a Long-Term Supervision Order and failing to comply with prohibition order regarding children. GATZA also remains the subject of a 10-year Long-Term Supervision Order stemming from incidents of sexual assault.

GATZA has multiple previous convictions for sexual assault, assault, uttering threats, criminal harassment, breach of a Long-Term Supervision Order and failing to comply with a court order. Most of his crimes have occurred in Sudbury, Ont. and Calgary and have targeted underage females.

He will be monitored by Correctional Service Canada with the assistance of the Calgary Police Service High Risk Offender Program.

He is described as 5’8” tall, 181 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. 

The Calgary Police Service is issuing this information and warning after careful deliberation and consideration of all related issues, including privacy concerns, in the belief that it is clearly in the public interest to inform the members of the community of the release of GATZA.

Members of the public are advised that the intent of the process is to enable members of the public to take suitable precautionary measures and not to embark on any form of vigilante action.

NOTE: This information is released under the authority of section 32 the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, S.A. 1994 c.F - 18.5.

About the CPS High-Risk Offender Program

The Calgary Police Service High-Risk Offender Program (HROP) monitors offenders who have been released by the courts to the Calgary community and who have been determined to have a high-risk to reoffend in a violent or sexual manner. With our law enforcement partners, officers in HROP assess an offender’s risk factors and use a number of tactics to ensure they are abiding by court-imposed conditions to manage their risk to the community. Court-imposed conditions can include the use of electronic monitoring, prohibitions on weapons, drugs and alcohol, mandated counselling and treatment, curfews and other relevant restrictions.

In situations where offenders are also subject to probation orders or Long-Term Supervision Orders, the CPS HROP supports Correctional Service Canada with monitoring of these offenders.