Surrey, BC: Statement by Assistant Commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr, Acting Commanding Officer of the RCMP in British Columbia
The Criminal Justice Branch announced on Tuesday October 18, 2016, that a charge has been formally approved against Surrey RCMP officer Cst. Dario Devic. Devic is scheduled to make his first court appearance today (October 19, 2016) at Surrey Provincial Court.
The charge is in connection with an investigation launched on Wednesday September 7, 2016, when the Surrey RCMP received a call before 10:00 p.m. with respect to an incident playing out on social media near a mall on King George Highway. The investigation, led by the Surrey RCMP Professional Standards Unit, with support from the BC Integrated Child Exploitation Unit and Surrey RCMP Major Crime, focussed on allegations of child luring and sexual exploitation involving a police officer.
All the investigative findings to date have been shared with Crown Counsel, who formally charged Cst. Dario Devic with a single count of Luring a Child contrary to Section 172.1 of the Criminal Code.
Once the RCMP officer was identified during the course of the initial investigation, an immediate Code of Conduct investigation was launched parallel to the criminal code investigation. On September 9, 2016 Cst. Devic was suspended with pay and his duty status has been the subject of regular reviews.
The process of a suspension of pay and allowances under Section 22 (2)(b) of the RCMP Act is underway.
The external and internal processes underway are a reflection of the serious nature of the allegations and the charge laid.
As I indicated on September 9th, these allegations are egregious and are not in keeping with what we expect from our employees.
As the criminal matter is now before the courts, we have no additional comments at this time.