Three re­leased af­ter as­sault­ing man who al­legedly lured teen girl

Times Colonist - - The Capital And Vancouver Island -

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.

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