Accused Creep Catchers member gets a lawyer

Trial for man accused of unlawful harassment in Creep Catchers case set for Aug. 25.

A Red Deer member of the Creep Catchers vigilante group has a lawyer.

Red Deer lawyer Maurice Collard appeared in Red Deer provincial court on behalf of Carl Young, who has been charged with unlawful harassment and mischief to property.

At Young’s last court appearance on May 26 in Red Deer, the judge told him to confirm he had a lawyer by Wednesday’s appearance or one would be appointed for him ahead of his scheduled Aug. 25 trial.

Young, then-37 years old, was charged last December after a Lacombe resident was allegedly lured, under false pretenses, to a meeting with the accused.

Although Lacombe Police allege there was no evidence the male victim in this case — who had been previously conversing with a Creep Catchers member online — had been up to anything criminal, a cellphone was allegedly shoved in his face, and he was told he was being recorded and is being busted by Creep Catchers.

A video of the encounter was put on the Internet, then later taken down.

The group is made up of private citizens who post videos online to supposedly “expose” people they believe are seeking out minors for sexual activity.

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