Jason Andrew Keough invited a Nova Scotia couple to move to Athabasca to live with him, then pressured them to film themselves having sex, according to testimony presented in Edmonton’s Court of Queen’s Bench Wednesday.
Keough, 36, a former Athabasca youth worker, is on trial on seven charges including making and possessing child pornography, to all of which he has pleaded not guilty.
In Wednesday’s court proceedings, a Nova Scotia man testified that in 2006, when he was 20, Keough invited him and his girlfriend, then 16, to move to Athabasca to live with him in his trailer.
The man testified that Keough repeatedly pestered him to film himself masturbating, but he refused. Police eventually seized a video depicting the act, which the man suggested in court must have been made with a hidden camera.
The man also testified that after pestering and threatening from Keough, he and his girlfriend filmed themselves having sex, thinking the video was for their personal use. But the man said Keough kept the video, “forced” the couple to watch it and critiqued their performance.
Later, when Keough moved into an apartment, the man was invited to move in with him. His girlfriend wasn’t, the man testified, because she refused to make any more sex tapes.
He alleged that Keough would occasionally allow her to stay the night if the couple agreed to film themselves having sex, and threatened to put her in foster care if didn’t make more tapes.
The man testified that the couple made a total of seven or eight tapes.
They asked Keough for the tapes before they moved back to Nova Scotia in 2007, but alleged that Keough told them the tapes had been destroyed.
The tapes were among those seized when RCMP searched Keough’s home in 2008.
The trial continues throughout the week