Vernon and North Okanagan
Violent sexual offender to be sentenced
Oct 9, 2013 / 11:52 am
Thursday morning 28-year-old Connor Michael Tyson Dee will receive what could be a ground breaking and precedent setting sentence in the online luring, sexual predation and assault of young Okanagan girls.
Dee has pleaded guilty to 13 charges related to the sexual exploitation, assault, extortion, and sexual interference of five Okanagan girls between the ages of 11 and 16 at the time of the offenses.
Unlike many terrible recent cases in Canada of this form of online entrapment going unpunished, these girls braved the ridicule and allowed the police to create a monstrous list of charges again Dee.
And tomorrow Judge McKimm will hand down his sentence.
Two weeks ago Crown and Defence Counsel told the judge they had agreed to two years plus three years probation, but is that an appropriate sentence?
Is that really a punishment that fits the crime?
Judge McKimm didn’t seem to think so during final submissions two weeks ago.
McKimm questioned why the Crown was only asking for a two-year sentence given the seriousness of his crimes. He said, "how do I support the work done by counsel when the case law doesn't support it. He (Dee) isn't even that young (28 years old), he shows no remorse, no empathy."
Crown Counsel Cristina Cabulea argued that the sentence was appropriate because he is young, had no prior (sexual offence) convictions and that there was some form of rehabilitation possible.
A claim their own witness, expert forensic psychiatrist Dr. Joneja, said was not the case.
Joneja testified that she believes he is likely to re-offend and should be deemed a dangerous offender. She said Dee shows signs of psychopathy, lack of remorse and sexual deviance.
Dee was born in Mission, BC on July 6, 1985, he was adopted by a family in Yellowknife when he was 5 days old.
He moved to Pritchard, BC when he was a child and ended up taking high school in Chase, BC eventually moving to Vernon as an adult.
Dee never graduated high school.
He has a son who lives in Vernon that was born in February 2011.
Although Dee has no previous sexual charges he has been before the courts in the past; For a mischief under $5,000 charge and more importantly a sexual assault confinement charge that was thrown out because Crown felt they could not prove lack of consent.
On April 3, 2012 he was taken into custody again for the one of the current four files and he has not been out of prison since.
This case began on Jan 19, 2011 when the Ontario Police received their first clue when a young woman came forward regarding incidents between her and Dee back in 2007 when she was 13.
With this girl, as with all the others, the relationships began online and quickly escalated to the point where he says he loves them, wants to marry them and wants them to have his children.
With that information police seized two of Dee’s cellphones, which lead police to the other four girls.
One of the cellphones contained over 100 sub-folders of photos of young girls and nude images of himself and weapons, some of the folders were named after each girl that was within them.
One file involves two girls who pretended to be twin sisters.
One ending her relationship with Dee claiming he ‘text raped’ her meaning he sent texts of a sexual nature without her consent.
According to the young girl he would say things to her like “I would grab a rope and tie you up with duck tape and f&$k you hard.”
Her cousin continued the relationship with Dee eventually meeting him in person.
Over that evening he put his arms around her and called her his beautiful wife.
The girl told police that when they were in a dark park he held her down, raped her, and took pictures of her naked underneath him. He did not use a condom telling her he wanted to get her pregnant, she was 11-years-old at the time.
The forensic psychiatrist Dr. Joneja testified that Dee described himself as a ‘bounty hunter,’ telling one girl he would ‘rip out her IUD to impregnate her.’
Joneja testified that under the RSVP or Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol she believes there is a high risk that Dee will re-offend.
Judge McKimm concluded his comments to counsel saying that, "this sentence seems very low to me for very very serious offences to very very vulnerable young women."
Seeming to draw a direct parallel between what Dee did to these five victims and what happened to Rahtaeh Parsons.
“What is most aggravating is that he’s creating a web of compulsion through the use of these Internet websites that is almost unimaginably devastating to his victims.
You can imagine that the person feels totally and utterly helpless,” said Judge McKimm.
Something that may insinuate the judge may lay down a tougher sentence than Crown is asking for.
Thursday morning the judge will share his decision on the length of incarceration, bail conditions, lifetime bans on things like use of the Internet, and what credit he will receive for time he has already served.
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