A former Mission elementary school principal has been charged with child luring in Abbotsford.
Jason Alan Obert, 37, was charged Friday, a month after the Fraser Valley Creep Catchers group posted a sting video of their members confronting him at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre.
Abbotsford Police say officers met with a representative from the group on Oct. 24 and obtained a copy of their video and other evidence.
Obert, who was working as the school principal at the time he was caught by Creep Catchers, has been released under conditions that include that he refrain from communicating or interacting with any under 18 years of age except his children, and when in the company of an approved adult.
He is also prohibited from engaging with anyone under 18 via a computer or using any social media networks or dating sites.
He must also stay away from parks, school grounds, daycares, and other public places where children may be present.
Immediately after Creep Catchers posted their video in mid-October, Windebank Elementary School parents recognized Obert as their children’s principal.
One mother, who doesn’t want to be identified, says she has two children who attend the school.
“A friend sent me a text that said, ‘Isn’t this the principal at your school?’ and she sent me a link to a video. I watched it and I was surprised, and yes that is.”
Mission School District Superintendent Angus Wilson told Global News that Obert is not working in the district at this time.
“Windebank has a principal, who has been in her position since late October. We will not be making a further statement about Mr. Obert or his legal status at this time,” Wilson said.
This isn’t the first time Creep Catchers has named high-profile individuals as the subjects of their stings.
Surrey RCMP officer Dario Devic was taken off duty and charged with luring a child. He had also been charged with breach of trust, but the Crown dropped that charge.