Cops call out Creep Catchers


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April 21, 2016 6:00 AM

The Lloydminster RCMP put out a message regarding vigilante justice in the city — namely the luring of pedophiles via Internet dating sites — insisting the would-be investigators leave the work to the professionals.
“We have very highly trained individuals in our organization in different units that work on these types of investigations,” said Insp. Suki Manj at a recent presser.
“They’re working on them all the time based on the current laws and legislation that we have to follow as police officers.”
The desire to put the word out against this type of justice came after local Creep Catcher, Jordan Latimer, convinced an Edmonton man to hitchhike to Lloydminster, with Latimer pretending, via the Internet, he was an underage girl and agreeing to sex with the man.
The Edmonton man also admitted to having child pornography on his person, which sent Latimer to the RCMP with the information.
There was little the RCMP could do with the information in terms of searching the man or making an arrest, as procedures dictate such protocols like those need warrants.
“If someone goes out looking for that, the judges and our system look at that in a different light—if a citizen comes upon something by circumstance, without luring, that’s easily entered into court,” said Manj.
“On our behalf, we have a lot of things we have to go through to capture that type of evidence.”
Some people on social media were vocal about the RCMP’s perceived inaction after Latimer posted a video of the Edmonton man being let go by RCMP without any punishment being doled out.
Manj said the bigger issue is that people as a society should be educating their children on safe Internet practices and how to avoid becoming a victim.
He also said he thinks youth aren’t given the credit they deserve.
“It’s not very often you hear of too many legitimate calls of children being lured like this in our community, so I’m proud of that fact,” he said,
“If parents and leaders are listening, I’d be educating your family and friends and making sure that they understand the risks of going onto certain sites and communicating with people they don’t know.”

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