Charge dropped against Mountie targeted in Creep Catchers sting
Published Tuesday, October 18, 2016 10:58AM PDT
Last Updated Tuesday, October 18, 2016 12:51PM PDT
One of the two charges that were approved against Surrey RCMP Const. Dario Devic following a Creep Catchers sting last month has been dropped.
Devic was charged with child luring and breach of trust by a public officer in September, days after the online vigilante group posted video of him allegedly trying to meet an underage girl.
The Crown decided to drop the latter count, however, following "a full review of all the available evidence," the Criminal Justice Branch announced Tuesday.
Breach of trust by a public officer applies to individuals who offend in connection with the duties of their office, and carries a maximum prison term of five years.
The Crown said the evidence for that count does not meet its charge assessment standard.
Devic, who was removed from active status a month ago, is still charged with child luring. His lawyer has previously stated the Mountie plans to vigorously defend himself in court.
The sting by Surrey Creep Catchers was live streamed on Facebook on Sept. 7, where it was viewed by tens of thousands of people.
The target fled after being confronted by the vigilantes, but was arrested the same week by RCMP.
Devic, who is also the subject of an internal RCMP Code of Conduct investigation, is scheduled to appear in Surrey provincial court on Wednesday.