Surrey Creep Catchers president Ryan LaForge is now facing a third lawsuit.
Plaintiff Sean Smith of Campbell River posted a video in December he claims criticized creep catchers vigilante groups in general.
The next day, he alleges LaForge posted a video to 11,000 Facebook followers insinuating Smith was himself a pedophile.
After that, he says LaForge posted pictures of Smith, with captions directly calling him a pedophile such as “I love the smell of kids in the morning.”
“You cannot go online and accuse people of being this heinous thing without evidence, without proof, without the law enforcement and the court system saying you’re guilty of this crime.”
Smith says this carried on for months and nothing has been deleted.
“I continue to get death threats on a fairly regular basis, I get called a goof and a pedophile. As a social media educator that teaches kids, being called a pedophile is not really what you want to have in your marketing.”
None of these allegations have been proven in court.
“Bring it on”
When asked for comment about the lawsuit, Surrey Creep Catchers president Ryan LaForge had three words: “Bring it on.”
“I never once called him a pedophile. I said he looks like one.”
In response to whether that could be interpreted as suggesting Smith was a pedophile, LaForge says had this to say:
“If that’s how he wants to take it, he should stop protecting pedophiles, putting down our group, and trying to cover up the fact that he doesn’t agree with what we do by saying he does agree with what we do – but we should do it in another way… and he can sue me, I don’t care.”
LaForge says if anything, Smith is behind the war of words, by going online after Creep Catchers stings to make unfair accusations about him.
“So every once in a while I’ll get annoyed with something that he’s made an accusation of or a claim. And then I’ll go live and I’ll tell him to [expletive] off.”
“He’s put my name out there, he’s defamed me more than I’ve defamed him. He’s made assumptions, accusations, all kinds of things on his little page, more than I’ve done so with him.”
Asked if he would take down any of the allegedly defamatory material from social media, LaForge says “No, never.”
The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner is investigating multiple complaints about the Surrey Creep Catchers.
With files from Bailey Nicholson, Simon Little and Emily Lazatin