Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Man given suspended sentence in child porn case

  • Print
A Winnipeg man who got caught trying to bring child pornography into the United States ended up spending 30 months in a Los Angeles prison, threw away a promising career in the film industry and watched his marriage fall apart, court heard Wednesday.

Lyle Dick, 48, was back on home soil to deal with the Canadian end of the charges stemming from his December 2002 arrest at the James A. Richardson International Airport.

He was given a two-year suspended sentence with probation under a joint-recommendation from Crown and defence lawyers, largely because of the steep price he has already paid for his crime.

Dick had moved to Hollywood -- where he worked in the movie and rock show sound and light production industry -- but was frequently coming to Winnipeg to visit his dying father and new granddaughter.

He was flagged for a secondary search at the Winnipeg airport while attempting to board an airplane to return south following a visit.

U.S. customs officials found a laptop computer and 34 CDs which contained nearly 3,000 pictures and movies of child pornography, plus an additional 87,000 images of adult porn, court was told.

Dick -- who had no prior criminal record -- was arrested and detained in custody for several weeks in Winnipeg before he was granted bail and tried to return to his wife and children who were waiting for him in California.

The reunion was scuttled when Dick was immediately arrested -- U.S. justice officials had laid their own charges stemming from a search of his residence which revealed essentially the same pictures he was caught with at the airport.

Dick was held in custody for three months, then spent another 27 months behind bars after eventually pleading guilty to possessing child pornography. He was given no early release or parole and served "hard time" in an L.A. country jail, court heard Wednesday.

"I can only imagine what it was like to do time in that prison, where he would clearly have been one of the minorities," said defence lawyer Raymond Oakes.

Dick was then immediately deported and returned to Canada upon his release, where he still faced the outstanding charges.

Oakes said Wednesday his client began collecting sexual material of all kinds while spending upwards of 200 nights away from his family and alone in hotels while traveling for business.

"His computer was his constant companion. He developed a fascination out of boredom and loneliness which caused him to search out more and more shocking pornography as he became more jaded," said Oakes.

Dick lost his job and the many "lucrative" opportunities that came with it and watched as his wife left him following the arrest, he said. The couple has two daughters and a grandchild.

"It's inexplicable to me why you possessed this material," said provincial court Judge Linda Giesbrecht.

"I can't comprehend how a person who has daughters of their own ... could view that material without anything but utter disgust."

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 1, 2007 $sourceSection$sourcePage

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes


  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.


Make text: Larger | Smaller


Paul Maurice post-game - September 22

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Local- A large osprey lands in it's nest in a hydro pole on Hyw 59  near the Hillside Beach turnoff turn off. Osprey a large narrow winged hawk which can have a wingspan of over 54 inches are making a incredible recovery since pesticide use of the 1950's and  1960's- For the last two decades these fish hawks have been reappearing in the Lake Winnipeg area- Aug 03, 2005
  • MIKE APORIUS/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS STANDUP - pretty sunflower in field off HWY 206 near Bird's Hill Park Thursday August 09/2007

View More Gallery Photos


Do you think Judy Wasylycia-Leis will greatly benefit from the endorsement by Winnipeg's firefighters?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google