Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Surrey RCMP arrest Mountie after Creep Catchers sting - Update

Two teenagers had been living at the house of a Mountie who became the subject of a Creep Catchers sting. The 14-year-olds had been living in the Mountie's house as home-stay students, but a source said the girls were removed. CTV News has confirmed the identity of a member of the Surrey RCMP who was "caught" in the sting last week, but will not be naming him as charges have not been laid.

The Surrey RCMP officer is the subject of a report to Crown counsel filed over the weekend. The document, called an information, was filed to the Criminal Justice Branch and alleges luring a child by means of telecommunication and breach of trust by a public officer.

Kevin Johnston
A former deputy sheriff from the B.C. Interior has been charged after being targeted in a sting by Creep Catchers. Three counts of communicating with a person believed to be underage for the purpose of facilitating a sexual offence and one count of invitation to sexual touching have been approved against Kevin Johnston. He no longer works for the Sherriff Services.
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The arrest happened after a Sept. 7 incident that saw the Surrey Creep Catchers livestream a confrontation with the suspect on facebook. RCMP responded to the incident, which happened at a mall on King George Highway when it began getting traction on social media.

Police immediately launched an investigation, and within a few hours identified the suspect officer. The RCMP have also started an internal Code of Conduct investigation under the RCMP Act. The officer will be removed from duty and the RCMP intends to suspend him.

The video by the 'Creep Catchers' allegedly show the Mountie expecting to meet a 14 year-old girl.