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Former Surrey Mountie caught in Creep Catchers sting to serve sentence in the community

Last Updated Oct 19, 2018 at 9:30 pm PST

Members of Surrey Creep Catchers line up outside Surrey Provincial Court, ahead of Constable Dario Devic's court appearance on October 19, 2016. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 photo)
Summary

His lawyer called the sentence 'reasonable'

He will still be allowed to drive his kids to and from school

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – A former Surrey Mountie caught up in a Creep Catchers sting two years ago has been sentenced to four months.

The sentence breaks down into two months house arrest, two months with a curfew, and 120 hours of community service.He was caught on video two years ago with a 30-year-old woman who had posed as a 15-year-old girl online.

Claiming this behaviour was a “deviation” for Devic, a judge sentenced him to two months house arrest, followed by two months under curfew.

That’s a fair penalty, in the view of Devic’s lawyer, Rishi Gill.

“I think it was a very reasonable decision. I think what should be emphasized is the judge was very clear that Mr. Devic is of exemplary character, that he is well-supported in the community, that he made a very big error in judgement. And he’s now paying the consequences.”

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Gill also claims there was no real victim, given his client was meeting with a non-existent person created by the vigilante group.

He will still be allowed to drive his kids to and from school.

Unlike some offenders, he has not been required to submit a DNA sample.

Devic was caught on video two years ago with a 30-year-old woman who had posed as a 15-year-old girl online.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this article failed to clarify that Devic’s term will be served in the community. NEWS 1130 regrets this error.