A former actor who played an abusive boyfriend on Degrassi High has been charged with multiple child porn and bestiality offenses after an eight-month investigation.
Jason (Byrd) Dickens is facing 26 charges — including sexual assault; producing, accessing and possessing child pornography; and bestiality — in what investigators are calling a "very serious" child exploitation case.
The probe was kicked off in January, after authorities were tipped about a man uploading child porn online. Three women also face criminal charges related to child pornography and sexual assault, including Dickens' spouse Dylan Anne McEwen.
In April, authorities executed a search warrant at a home and found several devices containing evidence of child pornography — leading to the arrest of the two other women.
Police say the 45-year-old and another woman engaged in the sexual abuse of a child between 2000 and 2006, and distributed