Saskatoon man pleads guilty to 20 charges in child pornography case

SASKATOON — A Saskatoon man has pleaded guilty to 20 offences in connection to a historical child pornography investigation that dates back two decades.

Russell Dennis Wolfe pleaded guilty Monday in Saskatoon’s Court of Queen’s Bench to eight counts of sexual assault and four counts each of making child pornography and paying for sexual services from someone under 18.

The 58-year-old also pleaded guilty to one count each of making child pornography available and possessing it, and two counts of breaching conditions.

Defence lawyer Brian Pfefferle said it was important to his client that he "ensure the complainants not have to testify in this matter."

Wolfe was originally scheduled for a jury trial this spring before he entered the guilty pleas.

Wolfe was first arrested in the case in May 2014 as part of a country-wide police bust  known as Operation Snapshot III.

The investigation saw more than 150 people charged.

The case involves 13 victims between the ages of nine and 18. Two of the victims are now dead and the identities of two victims are still not known, according to police.

The offences occurred between 1997 and 2015.

Pfefferle told reporters he's received notice there’s a possibility the Crown will apply for Wolfe to be designated a dangerous offender. He said the defence will argue against the application, and that a life sentence is possible with a danger offender designation.

Wolfe is scheduled back court to begin the sentencing process on April 3.

(CTV Saskatoon)

 

The Canadian Press

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