It’s a first for Creep Catchers – a man nabbed by the vigilante group is going to jail.
Sixty-seven-year-old Don Putt has been sentenced to six months jail.
With credit for time served he’s going to jail for five months and two days.
Putt pleaded guilty this week to one count of child luring after he was busted by Fraser Valley Creep Catchers in October at a fast food restaurant in Chilliwack.
Putt thought he was meeting a 12-year-old boy.
This is the first time a Creep Catchers sting has resulted in jail time in Canada.
Putt has also been forbidden from attending places where persons under the age of 16 might be.
Meanwhile lawyer Paul Doroshenko says groups like Creep Catchers are more focused on gaining publicity and shaming people they allege to be child sex offenders caught in the act …
He says, “They’re not collecting the evidence in a matter that we would necessarily say is admissable in court but I will tell you there’s only one message that I think they’re going to take from it and that is that it worked.”
Doroshenko says when police orchestrate stings against child-luring suspects they do it under a strict set of rules, what vigilantes attempting the same run the risk of is creating child pornography themselves.