Serial child molester Shayne Lund could be labelled dangerous offender
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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.
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".
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.
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.
A report by forensic psychiatrist Dr. Scott Woodside diagnosed Lund as a pedophile.
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."