Psychiatric report released for Kathryn Thomson
Published Thursday, July 9, 2015 5:38PM EDT Last Updated Thursday, July 9, 2015 6:24PM EDT
A psychiatric report was made public on Thursday for one of three young adults who pleaded guilty to sex crimes involving children in the Orillia area.
Kathryn Thompson was the first of the three to plead guilty and the report at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health may have an impact on the outcome of her case.
The Crown in the case says it wants Thompson declared a long-term offender; however the final decision on whether to pursue that status will be up to the Attorney General.
Thompson remains in custody after she pleaded guilty to 11 charges; most of them sex crimes against children. They include making child pornography, bestiality and conspiring to drug a minor.
Long-term offender status carries a minimum two-year prison sentence plus a lengthy supervised probation which could last as long as ten years.
The psychiatric assessment by Dr. Jeff McMaster outlines how the 21-year-old says she was manipulated by co-accused and then boyfriend Shayne Lund and was trying to keep him happy and feared she would lose him.
Through the assessment Thompson also claimed no sexual interests in children or animals. Dr. McMaster concluded that Thompson’s behaviour was likely the result of her relationship with Lund.
“It’s appears unlikely that Ms. Thompson suffers from a paraphiliac disorder,” said Dr. McMaster in the report.
McMaster also concluded Thompson ‘represents low-risk to engage in a future act of sexual violence.’ However he suggests Thompson should be supervised and receive treatment, ultimately leaving the decision for long-term offender status up to the judge.
Thompson’s lawyer, Angela McLeod, says the defence will not be seeking another assessment but will argue that Thompson should not be declared a long-term offender.
“He has not categorized her as a female sexual offender and has not found that she has paraphilia, sexual deviant desire,” adds McLeod.
Thompson is the first of the three accused in the case to have the assessment done. Shayne Lund and Avery Taylor are still waiting for their psychiatric assessments.
The Attorney General will spend the next eight weeks reviewing Thompson’s assessment and will decide whether the Crown should pursue dangerous or long-term offender status. That decision is expected in September.