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Cop 'obstructive' in son's child, bestiality sex case: CROWN 0

Tracy McLaughlin

By Tracy McLaughlin, Special to QMI AGENCY

Shayne Lund and Avery Taylor.
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Shayne Lund and Avery Taylor. FACEBOOK PHOTO

BARRIE — More charges are expected against a Midland man already charged with 110 sex-related offences against pre-school children and animals.

Shayne Lund, 22, charged with conspiring to kidnap and drug a child, sexually assaulting children, creating child pornography and bestiality, made a court appearance Friday but has not yet had a bail hearing. Several family members of alleged victims filled the courtroom as Lund appeared in the prisoner's box in handcuffs.

"Creep," one family member whispered.

Sitting in the front row of the court, Lund's mother and father sat quietly. As Crown attorney Indy Kandola told the court the investigation is ongoing, with even more charges expected to be laid, Lund's mother began to weep.

Kandola asked the court to order that Lund not be allowed to contact his father, Mark Lund — who is an Ontario Provincial Police officer — alleging the father has been "obstructive" in the investigation.

"I can indicate the Crown is concerned about Mark Lund's obstructive behaviour during the course of this investigation," Kandola said.

The father is also a potential witness in the case, he said.

Cellphones, computers and a video camera were seized from the father's home, where his son lived at the time of the arrest.

"The father is a witness to the video camera and the way it was pointed at the bed," Kandola told the court, adding that the father also told police "that his son fantasizes about children."

However, Justice Dennis Wilson refused to make the no-contact order, saying she did not "wish to remove Mr. Lund's only potential surety."

Outside of court, Lund's lawyer, Eginhart Ehlers, confirmed more charges are expected to be laid against Lund, but said it was not appropriate to comment on what they will be.

"My client is innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law," said Ehlers. "It would not be fair to try the case in the media."

Lund was charged in September along with two of his girlfriends, who are each facing 16 similar allegations and are now in custody.

Avery Taylor, 20, of Orillia, was denied bail and Kathryn Thompson, 19, waived her right to a bail hearing last week and has consented to her detention.

In an interview outside court last month, the mother of one of the alleged victims, who cannot be identified, said her five-year-old daughter was allegedly blindfolded while being babysat and given a taste test that involved tasting ketchup chips and, unknown to the child, strawberry and banana-flavoured condoms.

The mother said she had entrusted Taylor to babysit her child for several years and remains haunted with details she has learned.

"I trusted her since she was a young girl," said the mother. "I will never trust anyone again."

Several other children are involved. The Crown has announced that the charges are so disturbing that, if found guilty, it will be seeking dangerous offender status for all three accused.

Lund is expected back in court Dec.16 when a date for a bail hearing may be set.

 

EDITOR' S NOTE: The Examiner does not allow commenting on cases before the court.


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