Saskatoon man sentenced to 15.5 years in disturbing sex abuse case

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Disturbing case of sex abuse lands a Saskatoon man in jail. Michael John Slough will spend the next 15.5 years behind bars. File / Global News

SASKATOON –  A Saskatoon man has been sentenced to 15 and a half years in an extremely disturbing sex abuse case. On Tuesday, Michael John Slough was sentenced at Saskatoon provincial court to more than a decade behind bars after pleading guilty to multiple charges including sexual assault, making child porn and administering a noxious substance.

For seven years, Slough drugged and raped his victims while living in Saskatoon before moving to Willow Bunch, Sask. His youngest victim was a seven-year-old girl.

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The crimes went undiscovered until Slough’s computer ended up at a pawn shop and was turned over to police.

On June 18, Slough was nabbed in a joint police investigation between the Saskatchewan Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit, the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre along with members of Coronach RCMP.

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The 43-year-old was arrested without incident after police executed a search warrant of his property.

“This young child was put through a great deal during this time period and we’re very thankful that she’s in a protective environment at this point,” said Staff Sgt. Weir on June 23.

At the time of Slough’s arrest, 15 devices were taken into police custody and the ones that were examined contained images and videos with additional offences.

“At this point, these other potential victims that we have found appeared to be adult females.”

Police were confident they knew the identify of one woman and further follow-up was underway.

Protected by a publication ban, Slough’s victims included three adults and the seven-year-old girl.