When does an alleged sexual predator become the victim?
That’s the question that one community is facing after a man supposedly tried to have sex with an underage girl … but it ended up being the girl’s parents who were put in handcuffs.
The incident occurred in British Columbia, Canada. According to CTV News, an adult man allegedly came to a home to meet the 13-year-old minor. That’s when the girl’s mother and stepfather tackled the man and retrained him with zip ties.
“In a video posted to Facebook Live, the girl’s mother can be heard berating the 28-year-old Port Albernie, B.C. man as he lay face down on the floor with his hands bound behind his back,” CTV explained.
“He come to my house to meet my 13-year-old f—ing daughter to f— her. He wanted to be her first,” the mother declared on the smartphone camera footage. “We f—ing tackled him, and Zap strapped him and called the police.”
It might have been an open-and-shut case if that was all there was to the story. Man comes to house, man preys on underage daughter, man gets body-slammed. However, the incident was not that clear-cut.
CTV News reported that the girl’s parents took matters into their own hands and set a “trap” for the suspected predator, despite the fact that police had told them not to.
“The mother claims she asked police to investigate the man six weeks ago, when she discovered explicit messages sent to her daughter’s Instagram account. She said police told her to block the man and forget it,” the Canadian news station explained.
“Frustrated by the response, she set up the meeting. The mother said she asked police to be present during the ambush, but claims authorities would not help,” CTV continued.
Despite the couple’s claim that authorities did nothing about the situation, a spokesperson for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police stated that they did, in fact, open a child luring investigation last month.
“The police had directed her not to take matters into her own hands,” insisted RCMP Cpl. Amelia Hayden. “We still do have an active and ongoing investigation on the matter.”
Officers pointed out that the couple’s actions compromised the ongoing investigation and put more people in danger.
“It hasn’t resolved one issue. It’s caused another, and put people in danger,” Cpl. Hayden said.
“This is ridiculous,” said the stepfather, who also stated that the alleged predator was already an acquaintance of the family.
“Shouldn’t a guy be able to protect his own family in his house?”
The parents are facing charges of assault causing bodily harm and forcible confinement, while the man they “lured” to the house was not charged.
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