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    April 2017

    Russell Wolfe made child porn with girls he paid for sex

    For more than 10 years, Russell Dennis Wolfe befriended girls as young as nine years of age and offered them marijuana, cigarettes, alcohol and money in exchange for sex.

    Wolfe would see the girls in a park or walking around Saskatoon’s King George neighbourhood, where he lived, and invite them over to play video games and watch movies. He would ply them with drugs and alcohol, then pay them to have sex, according to a statement of facts filed in court by the Crown. 

    The disturbing details of the abuse, which took place between 1997 and 2008, were outlined Monday during the start of Wolfe’s sentencing hearing in Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench. 

    Court heard Wolfe would sometimes record the sex acts. He also took nude photos of the girls, who ranged in age from nine to 17, creating his own child pornography. Police found hundreds of images and several videos on his computer devices, featuring 14 girls who were the victims of “hands on abuse,” court heard. 

     

    Police discovered the dated images after searching Wolfe’s home during an unrelated child porn investigation in 2014. Officers recognized some unique items from Wolfe’s home in the background of the photos.

    Those items were seized during a second search, when officers also found two “body casts” of one of the victims and a government poster warning about the repercussions of buying sex from children.

    In order to identify the victims, police created a booklet of head shots taken from the photos found on Wolfe’s computers. They showed the photos to community members, including outreach workers and teachers, eventually identifying 11 of the victims.

    Many of the girls knew each other from school. Most of them met Wolfe when they were between 11 and 13 years old; some were already working as prostitutes, court heard.

    Three of the 14 victims remain unidentified. Two of Wolfe’s identified victims, who were 10 and 11 years old at the time, have since died. 

    Wolfe, 58, pleaded guilty in March to 20 child sexual assault, child porn and prostitution-related charges. He was 38 years old when he started having sex with and taking nude pictures of his first child victim in 1997. She was only 13 years old. In 2004, he started sexually assaulting her 11-year-old sister. The abuse was documented in photos and videos over four years, until the girl was 16. 

    Wolfe committed sex offences against nine other girls in 2001, one girl in 2002 and another girl between 2006 and 2007.

    The 14th victim wasn’t discovered until police searched Wolfe’s home in November 2015 and found a USB stick hidden in a pill bottle. Wolfe had breached his release conditions by using a laptop to view the child porn that was on the device. 

    The USB drive contained images and videos police had not previously seen, including a video taken in 2006 of a girl between eight and 10 years old exposing her vagina in Wolfe’s home. She is one of the three unidentified victims. 

    An investigating officer confirmed there is no evidence that any of Wolfe’s homemade child porn was shared over the internet. 

    Wolfe’s sentencing hearing continues today. 

    • Posted By: Bre McAdam, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
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