A search warrant executed in the west end of the city in connection with a child exploitation investigation has resulted in numerous charges for four people, two of them from Toronto.
It’s alleged officers found evidence that a man and woman were involved in the sexual abuse of children and animals, and that the pair made, possessed, and distributed images and videos of the abuse, online.
Jason (a.k.a Byrd) Dickens is now facing twenty charges, including sexual assault, possession of child pornography and bestiality.
It’s also alleged the 45 year old used several different screen names and email addresses on sites including collarspace.com, bondage.com and slavefarm.com: Retodeviant, Byrd_Dawg, Sir Dirk, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, as well as Byrd_D@hotmail.com
Also charged in the investigation is Dylan Anne McEwen. Charges for the 31 year old include the making of and possesion of child pornography and bestiality.
Police allege she used different screen names and email addresses online as well: Doll, Dirty Doll, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com.
Both Dickens and McEwen, pictured, are scheduled to appear in court September 1.
The investigation led to further charges being laid after police say Dickens met a woman online and in person, over a six year period beginning in January 2000.
It’s alleged they engaged in the sexual abuse of a child, and made, possessed and distributed child sexual abuse images and videos, online.
Charges for a 57 year old woman, who has not been named, include sexual assault, sexual interference, and making and distributing child pornography.
Dickens was also charged with additional charges in this case, including sexual assault, and making, distributing and possessing child pornography.
It’s further alleged Dickens met another woman online and in person, and that they made a child sexual abuse video.
A 25 year old Thunder Bay woman, Tina Ewen, has since been charged with a count of making child pornography.
Police say Jason “Byrd” Dickens was an actor who portrayed Scott Smith in Degrassi High. IMDB says he played the abusive ex-boyfriend of Kathleen Mead in Seasons 1 to 3 of Degrassi Junior High and the first two seasons of Degrassi High.
Police are concerned there may be other victims.
Call police if you have any information.