A Creep Catchers chapter is opening up after charges were laid against a man following a sting by the organization.
Fraser Valley Creep Catchers president, Marie Bullon, says the ‘vigilante’ group does important work.
“If it wasn’t us there meeting them it would be a child, it would be an underage child and who knows what could happen.”
Their October sting resulted in the arrest of a former Mission Elementary school principal.
37-year-old Jason Obert has been charged with child luring in connection to the video.
But Constable Ian Macdonald with Abbotsford police says even though the organization help them with their investigation, policing should still be left to the police.
“There’s always the danger that either the Creep Catchers are putting themselves in harm’s way or they could be putting a potential target in harm’s way.”
ButBullon says they have a message to police.
“We are here to help you, we are not here to impede on your investigation, we’re not here to make things more difficult for you. We’re actually trying to bring light to how many of these people are out here.”
Obert has been processed through the courts and 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.