|Shannon Bradford Dixon, 34. (Supplied)
EDMONTON — A man who admitted to sexually assaulting, tormenting, and extorting seven Alberta women, including forcing one of them to have sex with his dog, was sentenced Friday to 12-and-a-half years behind bars.
Shannon Bradford Dixon, 34, pleaded guilty Friday to eleven charges including bestiality, sexual assault, and criminal harassment.
One victim, who cannot be named under a publication ban, said that no amount of time served would erase the pain that Dixon caused her and the other seven victims.
“He did a lot of damage to a lot of people,” she said.
“I don’t even think he realizes. I’m a strong person but this truly rocked my world.”
Court heard Friday that Dixon preyed on vulnerable women on the dating website Plenty of Fish.
He lured women with the rouse of being a helicopter pilot, and would later tell them lies like being in trouble with drug dealers and needing money to pay them off.
During his relationships with these women he abused them physically, sexually, emotionally, and financially.
Dixon admitted to burning one woman’s breasts and forcing another to have sex with his dog.
An agreed statement of facts also showed that he took compromising photos of the women and threatened to post them online unless he was paid money.
One of the victims ultimately lost more than $230,000 to Dixon.
Justice Sterling Sanderman said Dixon ran the frauds like a business, noting that Dixon “took money, dignity and self-respect from seven women.”
He added Dixon “objectified women for sexual pleasure and callously treated them as money sources,” before concluding that no sentence would “give back the sense of security” that Dixon took from his victims.
The offences began in 2008, and occurred in communities across the province, including Grande Prairie, Calgary, Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Manning, and Spruce Grove.
Dixon was also given a life-time firearms ban and will be placed in the sex offender registry. He was credited for two years already served in remand.
“The mistrust and betrayal will stay with me. I continue to feel alienated from my partner even though he continuously tells me he loves me,” one of the victim’s told the court.
“The pain and emotional trauma will stay with me forever.”
Dixon declined the chance to address his victims, only saying that he thought his “lawyer covered it all.”
Before being brought to Alberta to face the charges, Dixon had completed a 10-month sentence in Ontario for 22 charges including criminal harassment, assault and uttering threats.