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Shayne Lund declared a dangerous offender, meaning indefinite jail time

Tracy McLaughlin

By Tracy McLaughlin, Special to QMI AGENCY

Shayne Lund is shown wearing his father's OPP uniform.

SUBMITTED Shayne Lund is shown wearing his father's OPP uniform.

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BARRIE -- He was once described in court as a "Paul Bernardo in the making" -- except in the case of Shayne Lund, his deviant sexual urges escalated from anal rape and choking young females to an obsessive craving to drug and rape small children.

In sentencing Lund on Wednesday as a dangerous offender with an indefinite prison sentence, Justice Joseph Kenkel described Lund's lifestyle in the 10 years before his arrest as a "nightmare."

Lund, 25, formerly of Orillia and the son of an OPP officer, pleaded guilty to 35 charges including conspiracy to kidnap, drug and rape children, sexually assaulting a dozen victims between the ages of two and 13, bestiality with horses and dogs, and making child pornography by secretly videotaping his victims.

"Mr. Lund has no ability to control his impulses ... his sexual behaviours have been his single focus in life," the judge said. "His violent conduct and plans to abduct and sexually assault children plainly carried the risk of death to a child."

Lund has been a sexual deviant since at least the age of 13 but remained undetected, court heard. In high school, he sought out teen girlfriends, whom he would abuse, and often lured them into sexual encounters with dogs or horses. Often he would manipulate them into getting access to younger siblings, and in one case he conspired with a girlfriend to drug and rape her 12-year-old sister.

A frightened 15-year-old girl walked into the Orillia OPP station three years ago and reported that Lund had been begging her to babysit children so he could have access to them, and encouraged her to get him access to her nine-year-old sister.

Last April, two of Lund's many girlfriends, Avery Taylor and Kathryn Thompson, both 22, of Orillia, were sentenced as long-term offenders after they repeatedly and "enthusiastically" assisted Lund in his twisted desires for young children.

Lund's dangerous offender sentence means it is unlikely he will ever see the light of day in a community as a free man.

"But there is some hope," the judge told him.

If Lund agrees to remain on potent sex-drive reducing medication, sometimes known as chemical castration, there is a chance he could get out on parole someday.

It is a faint hope, however, as the judge noted that pedophilia is incurable and most sex offenders discontinue drug treatment the moment they are released into the community.

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