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Serial child molester Shayne Lund could be labelled dangerous offender

An Orillia, Ont., man found guilty of sexually assaulting children as young as two shows a high risk of reoffending and should be labelled a dangerous offender, the Crown attorney in the case told the court Monday morning.

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Shayne Lund, who pleaded guilty to 34 charges that included sexually assaulting children, could be labelled a dangerous offender pending the outcome a hearing Monday. (Alex Tavshunsky)
An Orillia, Ont., man found guilty of sexually assaulting children as young as two shows a high risk of reoffending and should be labelled a dangerous offender, the Crown attorney in the case argued Monday morning. 

Shayne Lund, 24, pleaded guilty to 34 of the 100 charges he initially faced when arrested in 2013.

If Lund is found to be a dangerous offender, the judge can choose to give him an indeterminate sentence with no chance of parole for seven years — or a regular sentence, but include a long-term supervision order for up to 10 years after his release.

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Lund is a threat to the public and has a future that "is dark and evil," prosecutor Indy Kandola told the Bradford, Ont., courtroom in his closing arguments. "His victims range in age from two years old to a middle-age adult. From infant females, to full-grown horses."

​The crimes involved up to 14 children, with the youngest just two years old, and occurred in Orillia, Penetanguishene and Waterloo, the Crown told the court.

Son of police officer

The son of a retired Ontario Provincial Police officer, Lund pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual assault, charges of bestiality, possessing child pornography, and conspiring to administer a noxious substance to a person under 16.

"There's actual acts of planning to drug children, and steps taken to groom children," Kandola told the court Monday.

When asked by the judge if he had anything to say, as is his legal right, Lund stood and said only, "No thanks".

A composite shot showing Kathryn Thompson, Lund and Avery Taylor. Thompson and Taylor were Lund's girlfriends and also pleaded guilty to numerous connected charges. (Facebook)

Lund's father, who himself faces charges of obstruction in connection with his son's case, sat in the front row of the courtroom Monday. His arms were crossed and his face remained expressionless.

"We know your honour [that Lund] had plans to rape his own children," said Kandola. And that he "admits he still masturbates to the thoughts of young children twice a week in custody."

Lund has remained in jail since his arrest in 2013. 

Two of Lund's former girlfriends, Avery Taylor and Kathryn Thompson, have already pleaded guilty to nearly a dozen charges each. 

Both were sentenced to jail time and designated long-term offenders —  something that defence lawyer Eginhart Ehlers argued is more appropriate for Lund.

1st time offender

Ehlers said the dangerous offender designation doesn't fit his client, because Lund has no previous criminal convictions.

Lund agreed to a number of psychiatric tests, counselling and medication, Ehlers said. 

"This is a man screaming for help," the defence lawyer told the judge.

A report by forensic psychiatrist Dr. Scott Woodside diagnosed Lund as a pedophile. 

"He's a human being, he has feelings. If his condition can be treated, he should be given that opportunity," argued Ehlers.

Ehlers agreed that what's paramount in the sentencing is "satisfying the public that [Lund's] condition won't rear it's ugly head and we won't be reading about Shayne Lund again in the future."

Sentencing and a ruling on whether Lund will be labelled a dangerous offender is scheduled for Oct. 19 in Barrie, Ont.

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