Thursday, April 14, 2011
RCMP Seeks Other Victims of Shannon Bradford Dixon
RCMP are looking for more victims of a man they say threatened and blackmailed women in Alberta. Police suspect 33-year-old Shannon Bradford Dixon of luring women throughout the province into relationships. Dixon, who also uses the surname Mercer, frequents online dating sites to lure women, police said. Once he establishes an intimate relationship with them, Dixon becomes physically and sexually violent, police allege.
Police believe Dixon took intimate photos of women, and then threatened to post them on the internet unless they paid him money. The investigation began in April 2010 after a woman laid a complaint with Grande Prairie RCMP alleging that Dixon had extorted more than $300,000 from her. Police said they now know of at least four other victims, but believe there may be several more. Dixon was arrested Tuesday in Waterloo, Ont. on other charges. He will be returned to Alberta once the Ontario charges are dealt with. Dixon faces more than 22 charges including extortion, fraud, sexual assault, assault, uttering threats, bestiality, and injuring or endangering animals.