Fraser Valley -MARCH 11, 2017 UPDATE – Creep Catchers made news in 2016 for “exposing” pedophiles on line. The problem with their noble venture is that only the Crown can lay charges. The Creep Catchers were running the risk of convicting someone in the public court of social media. That could lead to legal problems.
The President of Surrey Creep Catchers, Ryan Laforge is being sued for defamation by an Abbotsford man, Jamie Su. It comes from a video stemming from a communication from February 6, 2017.
It alleges a conversion with an underage girl. 56,000 views later, the question arose the knowledge that the information was false or in careless disregard as to whether it was true or not.
The Abbotsford man and his business claims that the allegations created damage to his reputation. NOTE that none of the allegations have been proven in court and a statement of defense has not been filed.
Creep Catchers have boasted in the past about exposing several alleged pedophiles including a Mission School Elementary School Principal and a Surrey Mountie.
The problem with the latter was that another officer was named.
While the Surrey Creep Catcher Facebook page remains active, the Fraser Valley Chapter have shut down their page. No reason has been given for that action.
OCTOBER 22, 2016 ORIGINAL STORY/EDITORIAL – After a high profile arrest of a Surrey RCMP officer, on allegations of child luring and sexual exploitation, the group that took video of a sting operation, Creep Catchers, have expanded from Surrey to the Fraser Valley, now based in Abbotsford.
(The Surrey Officer is not only facing charges, he has been suspended by the force.)
Recently, (October 7) 67-year-old Don Putt of Chilliwack showed up at the McDonald’s restaurant in Vedder Crossing, expecting to meet a 12-year-old boy.
After meeting up with who he thought was the boy, instead was met by members of Creep Catchers and was video taped.
He now faces one count of communicating to lure a child under the age of 14, and one count of sexual interference from July 1, 1985 in Agassiz.
Chilliwack RCMP are in a similar conundrum as their Surrey counterparts.
While charges have been laid, is this not an issue for Police to work through and not an independent organization with “no formal policing skills”?
For the record, Chilliwack RCMP would not release any of the details on the case after the alleged encounter.
It was posted on Facebook by the Creep Catchers. Putt’s name did appear on the docket at the Chilliwack Law Courts this past week.
(Surrey RCMP were hesitant to comment on their case/situation.)
In this day of a camera with every electronic device on the streets, is this an infringement of any kind? Is there a concern about being found guilty before a trial, and presumed innocent unless convicted in a court of law?
Was George Orwell right about Big Brother in 1984?
Marshall McLuhan was right….the medium is the message…..