A judge has ordered a psychological assessment that will help determined if convicted pedophile Paul McColeman will be declared a dangerous offender.

In June, McColeman was found guilty of 34 charges including luring, sexual interference and sexual exploitation. The sex-related charges involved 16 adolescent and the incidents took place between 2006 and 2014.

It was a high profile case that sent shockwaves through the community of Espanola.

The crown said McColeman used social media to lure the boys and he rewarded them with booze, drugs and other gifts in exchange for sexual favours.

Police began an investigation when a woman came forward, after a young teen confided in her.

On Thursday, a judge ordered a physiological assessment of the convicted sex offender. The report will help the crown decide if it will seek a dangerous offender or long term offender application.

The dangerous offender designation means someone can be subjected to an indeterminate prison sentence, whether or not the crime they commit carries a life sentence.

McColeman remains in custody in the Sudbury Jail.

The case returns to court on January 16.