October 18, 2016 - 10:58 AM
VICTORIA - A charge of child luring has been approved against a British Columbia RCMP officer connected to video taken during a sting by a vigilante group this summer.
Const. Dario Devic is accused of communicating for sexual reasons with someone he believed was younger than 16.
Devic originally faced charges of luring and breach of trust by a public officer, but a formal charge assessment has been completed by the Criminal Justice Branch and has determined the breach of trust charge does not meet the required standard.
The single charge of luring a child will proceed and Devic is expected to appear in provincial court in Surrey on Oct. 19.
Devic was arrested in Surrey on Sept. 9 after a group that calls itself Surrey Creep Catchers livestreamed a sting where its members gathered to confront a man who they alleged was planning to meet an underage girl.
Devic's lawyer, Rishi Gill, has said his client will vigorously defend himself and is eager to have the matter dealt with before the court.
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