|Kathryn Thompson leaving the courthouse|
Kathryn Thompson, who turns 21 on Friday, pleaded guilty to 11 counts including conspiring with former boyfriend Shayne Lund to drug and sexually assault children, committing bestiality on a dog, and creating and possessing child pornography.
Standing in front of the court, Thompson broke down weeping as she repeated “guilty” to each count.
Sobriety can be a very painful thing when you confront what you did while stoned.
The Orillia woman will be sentenced Feb. 12 and the Crown said it will be seeking a long-term offender status with her sentence — which means after she serves her sentence she could be supervised for up to 10 years.
Thompson was arrested in October 2013 with Lund, 23, of Midland, and his girlfriend, Avery Taylor, 21, of Orillia.
Both Lund and Taylor remain in custody while Thompson, who played a lesser role in the offences, has been out on bail.
It is alleged Lund used the women to get access to children.
|Shayne Lund, Avery Taylor & Kathryn Thompson|
Charges against Lund and Taylor include conspiring to kidnap, drug and sexually assault a child as well as charges of sexually assaulting animals and children, and making child pornography.
The Crown has said it will be seeking dangerous offender designations for Lund and Taylor, something that would mean an indefinite sentence.
Now that Thompson has pleaded guilty, the Crown has applied to re-open Lund’s preliminary hearing so that Thompson can testify for the Crown.
The hearing was set for closing submissions Friday, but the case is now stalled because Taylor has fired her lawyer and Legal Aid Ontario has refused to appoint a new one.
While that decision is being appealed, Lund’s lawyer has said this gives his client cause to consider a Charter application to have the charges thrown out for unreasonable delay.