Stanley Curtis Fredeen, 58, sent a 13-year-old boy sexual messages and photos of himself over Snapchat, and convinced him to do the same.
When police searched Stanley Curtis Fredeen’s phone, they found 22 conversations over Facebook, Snapchat, Kik and Skype, as far back as 2015, with 22 different boys, mostly between the ages of nine and 14.
The 58-year-old had sent them nude photos of himself and convinced them to do the same, a Saskatoon provincial courtroom heard.
Most of the conversations happened while Fredeen lived in B.C. One victim was a 13-year-old Saskatchewan boy, whose parents found his Snapchat conversation with Fredeen on his phone in February 2021 and turned it over to the RCMP.
Crown prosecutor Linh Lê said the victim has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and “delayed developmental capacity,” making him particularly vulnerable.
Fredeen was recently sentenced to three and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography, transmitting sexually explicit material to a child and luring in connection with the exchanges he had with two Saskatchewan boys.
The 13-year-old boy told police Fredeen added him to Snapchat in January 2021, knew his age, and was “one of the older ones he talked to.”
Lê said they “sexted and flirted,” sent each other nude photos and discussed meeting up to have sex, but never did.
Even when child luring doesn’t result in a physical meeting or sexual assault, sending sexual images and messages to children still hampers their self-esteem, mental health and trust in adults as they grow up, Lê noted when presenting the jointly submitted prison term.
“This is a gentlemen who, despite having no criminal record, obviously is old enough to know better,” defence lawyer Brian Pfefferle said.
Fredeen received the largest portion of his sentence — two and a half years — for luring, a one-year concurrent sentence for transmitting images and a one-year consecutive sentence for possession of child porn.
When officers obtained a warrant to search his devices and home in the University Heights neighbourhood in September 2021, they found 13 unique videos and 146 images of child porn, court heard.
Pfefferle said his client has wanted to plead guilty since he was charged.
He described Fredeen, who has several health conditions including obesity, heart problems and sleep apnea, as a loner who was picked on as a child and turned to “the friendship of the internet.” Court heard he’s been seeking psychiatric help for his “online addiction issue” and disassociation between the real world and the online world.
“I am sorry for all the trouble that I have caused. I do want to take full responsibility as well as in my incarceration, receive any help and aid I can have,” Fredeen said in court.
“When someone goes into custody, your Honour is well aware of the stigma associated with this type of crime. Particularly at his age and his health, he’s now in a vulnerable situation and so I’d respectfully suggest every day in custody for him is a significant one,” Pfefferle told Judge Brad Mitchell.
Mitchell said Fredeen, knowingly or not, preyed on a particularly vulnerable child, whose victim impact statement was filed but not read out in court.
“In my own view, the victim impact statement clearly indicates that this has had a significant impact, rightly so, on the entire family,” he said before accepting the joint submission.
Fredeen will be on the national sex offender registry for the rest of his life.
For 10 years after his release, he is prohibited from attending playgrounds, swimming pools and daycares where children under 16 are reasonably expected to be present, cannot volunteer in any capacity that would put him in a position of trust or authority over children and cannot use the Internet to access any social media sites or chat rooms, or maintain any social media profiles.
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