Court Orders 12½-Years Jail to Man Who Blackmailed Women of Intimate Photos

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

A suspect arrested for having numerously lured women into relationships and later blackmailing them after taking their intimate photos, Shannon Bradford Dixon, has been sentenced to 12½ years in prison. Dixon pleaded guilty to 11 charges in an Edmonton courtroom on Friday morning, including sexual assault, extortion and bestiality. The judge ordered him to serve 10½ years in prison, along with 25 months of pretrial custody.

Court was told that Dixon has lured at least seven women from all over the province into relationships and later ended up blackmailing them. Some of the victims were present in court today, unveiling how Dixon took compromising photos of them and then threaten to post them online if he was not paid. Dixon also ended up sending allegedly intimate photo of one victim to her employer. Commenting on the pattern of crimes, RCMP Cpl. Colette Zazulak explained that all victims had their loneliness in common. She stated that “one explained to me that she met him on Christmas Eve, on the internet, while her kids were at their Dad’s, with a glass of wine, just wishing she had her children with her,” adding that “so what we see here is a real similiarity where Mr. Dixon exploited their vulnerability and their loneliness.”

Another victim, who met Dixon via a dating website, came forward to police in hope of saving others from going through what she did. She stated that “I think those things will stay with me forever,” and “I don’t think he realizes the damage that he has done to all of us.”

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