Surrey Creep Catchers president sued for defamation over Facebook post
Members of the vigilante group Surrey Creep Catchers stand outside B.C. Provincial Court before a scheduled appearance for RCMP Const. Dario Devic, who was charged with luring a child after the group alleged a man was trying to solicit an underage girl for sex, in Surrey, B.C., on Wednesday October 19, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
The president of Surrey Creep Catchers is facing a defamation lawsuit over a Facebook post that allegedly accused an Abbotsford man of trying to procure sex from a minor.
In court documents filed in late February, Jamie Su claims his reputation and his family's restaurant suffered after Ryan LaForge falsely accused him of "a scheme to procure sexual relations with an under-age female."
LaForge is president of the Surrey chapter of Creep Catchers, a Facebook group aimed at entrapping and shaming people it believes are involved in soliciting sex from minors.
The group often posts videos of meetings with people it has first approached online while posing as a young person.
The court documents do not mention a video and the allegations contained in the lawsuit have not been proven in court.
Since the Facebook post on Feb. 6, Su said he has been subjected to "ridicule, hatred and contempt," as well as humiliation and embarrassment. His reputation and business have suffered, and a restaurant owned by his family was identified and "maligned."
He claims LaForge made the online comment "with malice knowing that is (sic) was false or in careless disregard as to whether it was true or not."
The post was viewed 56,000 times, according to the lawsuit. LaForge has not filed a statement of defence.
Local Creep Catchers groups claim to have "outed" several people hoping to meet up with young people, including a Surrey RCMP officer and a Mission elementary school principal.
Law enforcement officials across the country have repeatedly condemned the group.