Prince George man sentenced for child pornography charges

A Prince George man has been sentenced for his role in creating and distributing child pornography, masturbating near the head of a five-year old, touching his genitals on their head, recording the act, and sharing the images with a former romantic partner - it's noted the two conspired to molest the child.

Shawn Robert Dick, 56, was found guilty at trial, and was sentenced on March 27 in Prince George Supreme Court to six years in jail for sexual interference.

Another 36 months in jail was given for making child pornography, 36 months in jail for distributing child pornography, and 12 months in jail for possessing child pornography. In total, 1,513 days in custody remain to be served, with a pretrial custody credit of 1,757 days; or just over four years.

The charges of making, distributing, and possessing child pornography were consecutive to the charge of sexual interference, but concurrent with each other.

A 10-year mandatory firearms ban was also imposed, along with a DNA order.

Dick will be registered as a sex offender for the next 20 years, and is banned from attending public parks or swimming areas where persons under the age of 16 are present for 10 years, starting from the date he's released from jail, with the ban extending to daycare centres, playgrounds, and community centres.

Dick was co-accused with 45-year old Jennifer Kathleen Dahl, who was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison for her involvement, with Dahl touching the child's genitals.

"The motivation of these offences was the sexual pleasure of the offender and Ms. Dahl," noted Justice Ronald Tindale during Dick's sentencing.

The incident took place in June 2019 in Prince George, and Dick was charged in July 2019, after suspicions were reported to police.

Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Alaska Highway News