(Warning, this article contains graphic language):
Just recently, an unidentified couple from Port Alberni, British Columbia in Canada caught a 28-year-old child predator grooming and trying to sexually abuse their 13-year-old child. Shockingly, though, when law enforcement officials arrived, they arrested the couple on charges of assault, and took the suspect, who has yet to be named or charged, to the hospital.
According to reports, the girl’s mother and her stepfather first learned about the vile intentions of the suspect, who appears to be a family acquaintance, about a month ago when they happened to stumble across “explicit messages” that he’d sent to their underage child on Instagram.
Upon finding the messages he sent to their daughter, they then reached out to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Much to their shock, however, instead of holding the man accountable for his actions, the mounties reportedly told them to just “block the man’s account and forget about it.”
Unsurprisingly, this left them utterly outraged. “They wouldn’t even look at my phone,” explained the mother of the child, while speaking to reporters about the incident. “I’ve been waiting for six weeks for the police to give me a name behind the Instagram account,” she added.
Since the officers refused to help her and her husband catch this awful predator, they decided to take matters into their own hands. Specifically, they messaged the man pretending to be their daughter and invited him over to their home.
“I just didn’t know what else to do,” stated the girl’s mother. “I knew that Friday’s coming…and if it is who I thought it was, then he needed to be stopped,” she reasoned.
When he arrived, they then beat him up and tackled him to the ground before tying him up with zip ties. After doing so, they then called the mounties and requested their assistance.
While they waited, the girl’s mother went on Facebook and shared a live stream video where she described what just happened.
“He came to my house to meet my 13-year-old f****** daughter to f**** her,” she explained while pointing her phone’s camera at the suspect, who can be seen lying face down on the floor with his limbs bound.
“He wanted to be her first,” she continued, adding, “we f****** tackled him and zip strapped him and called the police. Because earlier today when I asked the police to come here for this meeting, they said no,” she continued.
“Why wouldn’t the police come and help me catch the predator that just came to my f****** house,” she added, noting, “I’m so glad that I got my daughter’s phone and saw a message that she didn’t f****** erase.”
Eventually, law enforcement officials arrived to their home. When they learned what happened, though, they ordered them to unbind the suspect and then proceeded to arrest the couple for their “vigilante actions.”
In an attempt to justify their arrests, Corporal Amelia Hayden of the RCMP told reporters that they were explicitly told to not do what they did. She also mentioned that the suspect has been under investigation since the parents first notified them and confirmed that the investigation is still ongoing.
“The police had directed her not to take matters into her own hands, that we were investigating it. She was directed not to make the meet happen,” stated Hayden.
“Vigilante actions like these are not only illegal and put people in danger, but they also have the potential to compromise the original investigation,” she continued, adding, “it hasn’t resolved one issue—it’s caused another and put people in danger, everybody.”
The girl’s parents, however, believe they didn’t have a choice.
“I’m kind of disgusted by the system myself, in that she went in begging for help yesterday. She’s been asking for help from the police for the last six weeks for this and not really anything’s happened. I didn’t know what to do yesterday,” mentioned the girl’s stepfather.
“At least now, everybody that knows him…they can protect their own kids because they know what’s going on,” he added, noting, “That’s all that we wanted—was just to be able to protect the kids.”
Sadly, the sexual abuse of children is common. Earlier this month, for example, Kenleigh Paige Prendergast, a 25-year-old counselor at Spartanburg Day School (SDS), which is a roughly $19,000-a-year private school in Spartanburg, South Carolina, was taken into custody by deputies from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office and charged with “sexual battery with a student, 16 or 17 years of age, with no aggravated force or coercion.”
According to reports, law enforcement officials first learned about the allegations of abuse from a tip. After receiving the tip, they then launched an investigation and questioned Prendergast about the illicit relationship.
Eventually, Prendergast confessed to the abuse. When pressed, she told investigators that their relationship began back in January of this year and supposedly ended “several days” prior to them receiving the tip.
She went on to explain that she would “text, call, or Facetime the victim during the school day and after-hours,” when their interest in each other first began. This later led to them meeting off-campus at her home and at her private counseling office.
And a few weeks before that, a jury convicted Cathy Smith Rothgeb, a 57-year-old former volunteer softball coach from Orange, Virginia, on 30 out of 34 charges related to the repeated sexual abuse of two young girls, including “forcible sodomy, object penetration, indecent liberties and cruelty to children.” On top of that, they also recommended that she be sentenced to 184 years in prison.
The abuse of children, sexual or otherwise, must not be tolerated. Because of this, those who do so or attempt to do so, like the man who was just caught in Canada, must be punished as harshly as possible to help deter others from doing something similar in the future.
On top of that, those who catch them shouldn’t be punished. Hopefully, the officials in Canada understand this and will ultimately decide to drop the charges against the family and arrest the 28-year-old child predator.