Jason Dickens, left, and Dylan Anne McEwen have been charged in a child pornography probe. (Photos: Toronto police)"The investigation has resulted in the rescue of children who were not only being sexually abused, but then further exploited by having this abuse permanently captured by the recording of it," said Insp. Pauline Gray. "We are concerned there may be more victims."
Police allege related offences go back to 2000Dickens acted in 10 episodes of "Degrassi High" between 1989 and 1991, playing the role of Scott Smith, the abusive boyfriend of the character Kathleen Mead, before switching into film and TV production and technical roles in which he is still active. The charges have no bearing on his work, Det. Mike Sabadin, of the sex-crimes child-exploitation unit, said. Dickens, who apparently used several online handles including Retodeviant, Byrd_Dawg, Sir Dirk, also frequented various bondage and fetish sex sites, Sabadin said. Following further investigation and an analysis of seized electronic devices, police alleged Dickens and another woman had sexually abused a child and committed offences related to child pornography over six years starting in 2000.
Dickens faces additional charges related to these occurrences while a woman, 57, of London, Ont., has been charged with sexual assault and child pornography offences. Police did not name her. Also charged with making child pornography is Tina Ewen, 25, of Thunder Bay, Ont., who police allege met Dickens online. Dickens and McEwen are scheduled to appear in a Toronto court on Sept. 1. Ewen is scheduled to appear in court in Thunder Bay on Sept, 27. The London woman is slated to appear on Oct, 6 in court in Toronto.
“We are concerned there may be more victims.”