A former Mission elementary school principal has been charged in connection to a video posted by Fraser Valley Creep Catchers earlier this year.
Constable Ian Macdonald with Abbotsford police says 37-year-old Jason Obert has been charged with Child Luring.
“A couple of days after the video came out, we in fact met with a representative from Fraser Valley Creep Catchers. We received a statement, we got the video and some other evidence from a cellphone and from some computers, and we embarked on what turn out to be a pretty extensive investigation.”
He says Obert has been processed through the courts and has been released on several conditions.
Some of them include no contact with any person known to be involved in sexual exploitation of children, no use of social media networks or dating sites, and no communication with anyone under 18.
He must also stay away from school grounds, parks, or places where people under 18 may be present.
Macdonald says police would like the public to let justice take its course.
“No one should be looking to seek out this individual, nobody should be looking to take any action that would be perceived as threatening to either him or his family.”
Obert was quickly identified as principal of Windebank Elementary School when the video was released earlier this year.
Mission schools superintendent Angus Wilson says Obert was removed from his post shortly after the Fraser Valley Creep Catchers video surfaced in mid-October.
“Mr. Obert is not working for School District 75 at this time. We’ve had a principal there since late October and we’ve been communicating to parents, staff, and the community and they’ve had a good transition for the last month or so.”
Wilson says counsellors and support have been made available over the last month for students, parents, and staff at the school and since that time adds everyone has responded well.
With files from Matt Lee