Three released after assaulting man who allegedly lured teen girl
Three people received conditional discharges after pleading guilty to assaulting a man they believed was trying to have sex with a 13-year-old girl.
Charges were laid after a video was shared online in April 2018 showing a man tied up on the floor of a home in Port Alberni.
The girl’s mother and her two stepfathers — her mother’s current partner and her former partner — were given conditional discharges Friday after entering guilty pleas, CHEK News reported. If they follow the conditions of their probation, they will not have criminal records.
The defendants in the case cannot be named to protect the identity of the 13-year-old girl.
In an agreed-upon statement of facts, Port Alberni provincial court heard that a 28-year-old man sent photos of his genitals to the teenager, and that he did not want the parents to be charged.
The court also heard that when the 28-year-old arrived at the house that night, one man was waiting in the bushes while the other man and the girl’s mother were inside the house.
The 28-year-old was punched, hit with a baseball bat and kicked, and suffered fractures, a collapsed lung and soft tissue swelling on his head.
The man who was in the bushes pleaded guilty to one count of assault causing bodily harm. He received a one-year conditional discharge.
The mother and the man who was inside the house initially pleaded not guilty to charges of assault causing bodily harm and unlawful confinement.
The mother pleaded guilty to common assault.
She received a six-month conditional discharge.
The man inside the house also pleaded guilty and was handed a one-year conditional discharge.
None of the three is allowed to have contact with the 28-year-old man.
Port Alberni RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Amelia Hayden said this week that police continue to investigate allegations of childluring against the 28-year-old man.
Hayden said vigilante justice is illegal and that potential criminal matters should be left to the police.