Psychological report offers glimpse into twisted world of convicted child pornographer Shane Dale Pattison

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27-year-old subject of long-term offender hearing at Court of Queen’s Bench in Saskatoon

Shane Pattison arriving at Court of Queen's Bench. (CBC)

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Shane Dale Pattison had already been released after serving the bulk of a five-year sentence for 53 child pornography offences when Saskatoon police did a check on the young man at the Salvation Army in 2015.

Pattison was living there as part of his release conditions.

When police checked his room, they discovered Pattison masturbating on a bed with an iPhone, a laptop and numerous thumb storage drives while he actively shared pornography online.

The discovery led to Pattison eventually pleading guilty to another 42 child pornography offences and prompted a long-term offender hearing now underway at Court of Queen's Bench.

Clinical psychologist Tarah Hook spent five hours interviewing Pattison last fall and prepared a report that is central to the hearing.

"At the time of this assessment, Mr. Pattison expressed a desire for treatment and an awareness that he needs to seek to change his sexual behaviours," she wrote in her 26-page report.

A joint submission

Prosecutor Lana Morelli and defence lawyer Brian Pfefferle are presenting a joint submission at the hearing.

They are recommending that Pattison serve a seven-year determinate sentence followed by a ten-year order that would provide for significant supervision in the community.

In her report, Hook said the main consideration is whether Pattison's risk to re-offend can be lessened by treatment.

She wrote that he did not get treatment when he served his sentence for the 53 offences that he pleaded guilty on in 2012.

"Mr. Pattison was not offered standardized correctional treatment due to his perceived low level of risk," she wrote.

"He began treatment after his release but was actively offending at the time."

The police investigation revealed that Pattison began offending again 25 days after his release.

'Lots of sexual experiences as a kid'

In his interview with Tarah Hook, Pattison revealed that he remembered "playing mommy and daddy" with a four-year-old female cousin when he was three years old. That included kissing, genital touching and attempted intercourse.

He alleged that his great-grandfather then sexually abused him from age six until puberty. Hook interviewed Pattison's mother, who said she was not aware of any abuse or any indication that anything untoward was happening.

Pattison said that he began dating girls at age 10 and that he began regularly viewing images of child exploitation when he was 14. Also at 14, he said that he had sexual intercourse with an eight-year-old friend of his younger sister.

His only significant long-term relationship was with a woman he had met when he was 16 and she was 15. They began living together when he was 19 and they eventually had a son.

Hook said that Pattison was forthcoming about his sexual interests in their interview.

"He stated that he was aroused by 'anything forbidden or taboo,' particularly things associated with children or childhood," she wrote.

"He stated that he found a broad range of pornography to be arousing but that acknowledged that his focus was children."

He added that his most intense sexual drives came from smelling worn women's underwear and soiled diapers.

Pattison said that he did not want to hurt children, but that he did fantasize about meeting a young girl who is "already sexualized."

Recommendations

Hook offered a series of recommendations that she said could help reduce the risk of Pattison re-offending.

He should be on somebody's radar when he's released.- Det. Sgt. Darren Parisien

She suggested group and individual therapy, plus possible drug treatment to help reduce his sex drive. This, she suggested, could help with his group therapy. In the past, Pattison admitted that he became sexually aroused when others spoke about their sexual offending.

She recommended that he get a job, but that he not allowed anywhere near the internet for any reason. He should also not be allowed around children unsupervised.

He should also have to take any treatment suggested by a psychiatrist.

Finally, she said that Pattison should be closely supervised on his release.

This rang true for Det. Sgt. Darren Parisien, the Saskatoon police officer who investigated Pattison in 2010 and 2015. He testified Tuesday.

"He should be on somebody's radar when he's released," Parisien said.

The hearing is expected to wrap up Wednesday.

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Dan Zakreski

Dan Zakreski is a reporter for CBC Saskatoon.