VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A former Vancouver School Board Trustee and a retired Catholic school teacher have been named among seven men charged in a local teen sex sting.
Former VSB trustee Kenneth Clement is among the 47 men arrested following a two-month investigation targeting people willing to buy sex from teenagers.
NEWS 1130 has also confirmed that one of the men charged, Nikolaos Dais, was a long-time teacher at the Little Flower Academy – a private all-girls Catholic school in Vancouver’s Shaughnessy neighbourhood before he retired.
Former teacher Nikolaos Dais is one of seven men charged in a @VancouverPD sting targeting people willing to buy sex from teenagers. He is pictured in these photos obtained by @NEWS1130. pic.twitter.com/xSDMimJSbt
— Lauren Boothby (@laurby) January 24, 2019
According to Crown, the following men have been charged with communicating for the purpose of obtaining sexual services for consideration from a person under the age of 18:
- Mario Celo Amistad
- Jim Malmros
- Jun Jie He
- Nikolaos Dais
- Donald Schroeder
- Kenneth Clement
- Mehran Arefi
The offences are alleged to have occurred in June of 2018 at or near Vancouver.
Clement was a Vision Vancouver trustee from 2008-2014 and then re-elected in the 2017 by-election. He resigned in July 2018 citing “personal reasons.”
In an email, the Vancouver School Board says it was just learning that Clement was one of the individuals arrested in the sting.
“The District was not made aware of the arrest and was never notified by the VPD,” read an email to NEWS 1130. “This is extremely troubling, however for details about the investigation timeline and release of information, please contact the VPD or the Crown.”
Vancouver Superintendent of Schools Suzanne Hoffman says student safety is the top priority.
“It is deeply troubling for us as a school community to hear the allegations that have been made about our former trustee,” Hoffman said.
Meanwhile, the Principal of the Little Flower Academy says she is shocked to hear about accusations against their former long-time teacher Dais.
“We haven’t received any information about an investigation or charges form anyone other than the media,” says Diane Little.
The two-part operation, dubbed Project Serrated and Project Steadfast, was conducted by the Vancouver Police Department’s (VPD) Counter Exploitation Unit. Investigators posted fake profiles online to see if people were willing to pay for sex with a minor.
Police said a firefighter was also among those charged.
If convicted, the men face a mandatory, minimum six-month sentence.