Surrey RCMP officer arrested following an online underage sex sting
RCMP in Surrey have arrested a Mountie following claims made by a vigilante pedophile-hunting group that an officer showed up for a meeting with one of the group’s decoys, who was posing as a 14-year-old girl.
“Last night as the investigation progressed, the suspected officer was arrested and taken into custody where he remains today,” acting RCMP commanding officer Brenda Butterworth-Carr said at a news conference Friday afternoon.
Butterworth-Carr said the Crown has yet to approve the charges and the officer’s name and detachment have not been released.
She said that the criminal investigation is ongoing, as well as an internal code of conduct investigation. She said the officer has been removed from duty and suspended.
“If these allegations are substantiated, we will be taking immediate steps to separate ourselves from this individual,” she said.
“These allegations are egregious and not in keeping with what we expect from our employees.”
She confirmed the allegations included child luring and sexual exploitation.