Former Degrassi High actor charged in child pornography investigation

Jason Dickens mug shotFormer Degrassi actor Jason “Byrd” Dickens is one of four people who are facing charges regarding a child pornography investigation.

In January, police received a tip about child pornography being uploaded onto the Internet. On April 25, they searched an address in Toronto, where they found evidence of Jason, 45, and Dylan Anne McEwen, 31, sexually abusing children and animals, as well as distributing disturbing content of children online.

Jason reportedly used several online handles including Retodeviant, Byrd–Dawg, Sir Dirk, and also frequented various bondage and fetish sex sites. Also charged was Tina Ewen, 25, of Thunder Bay and an unnamed woman from London, Ontario.

“The investigation has resulted in the rescue of children who were not only being sexually abused, but then further exploited by having this abuse permanently captured by the recording of it,” said Inspector Pauline Gray. “We are concerned there may be more victims.”

Jason had acted in 10 episodes of Degrassi High between 1989 and 1991, playing the role of Scott Smith before switching into film and TV production, and technical roles in which he was still active in.

Both Jason and Dylan are scheduled to appear in a Toronto court on Sept. 1, with Tina scheduled to appear in court in Thunder Bay on Sept. 27, and the London woman to appear in court on Oct. 6, 2016 in Toronto. ~Natalia Makarski

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  1. Jacob • August 26, 2016 @ 3:18 PM

    Oh my God.

  2. FrenchFries • August 26, 2016 @ 4:18 PM

    How was this guy in Degrassi?

  3. Ingrid • August 26, 2016 @ 5:54 PM

    I didn’t watch it back then but I hope they throw him in jail forever and along with the other perverts he did this with.

  4. Jared S Denison • August 27, 2016 @ 12:22 PM

    He played Scott the abusive boyfriend of Kathleen’s. It took me going to IMDB to figure out who his character was on the show, as I did not recognize him.

  5. mike • August 27, 2016 @ 11:20 PM

    Degrassi sucks. It was always a laughable show. Anytime one of the kids took the slightest risk, the worst possible fate would befall them. Moralistic garbage. I can’t believe some people found it realistic.

  6. Carol Ann johnstone • August 28, 2016 @ 12:16 PM

    What on earth are wrong with people how would they like it if it was their children

  7. helen s • August 28, 2016 @ 1:54 PM

    They are fealthy animals!They are sick and should be thrown in jail for a long time !

  8. helen s • August 28, 2016 @ 1:55 PM

    They are fealthy animals!They are sick and should be thrown in jail for a long time !

  9. Clyde • August 28, 2016 @ 7:43 PM


  10. Jude • September 1, 2016 @ 4:55 PM

    Hope they throw away the key for all of them – disgusting pieces of shit

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