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It was founded by Dawson Raymond, who moved to Alberta after a break and enter conviction in Ontario. He had watched similar videos put up by Canada’s first pedophile hunter, Toronto’s Justin Payne, the first person in Canada to make a Replica Bags name for himself hunting pedophiles.

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Insp. Dave Dubnyk of Alberta’s Integrated Child Exploitation Unit says the evidence collected in stings by this group is rarely usable in court. And he says the Creep Catchers have actually interfered with police operations, including one case where a man police were ready to arrest, was confronted by the vigilantes.

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Without the support of the police, Raymond decided to widen the net, including targets whether they wanted to have sex with a child or not.

“We weren’t meeting these guys unless they were saying something really sexual. We weren’t trying to catch these guys unless they were getting convicted,” he says in another Facebook video to his followers.

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Dawson Raymond didn’t agree to an interview. The Red Deer Creep Catcher, Karl Young, has been convicted more than 25 times in his native New Brunswick, where there is a warrant for his arrest. He still believes Raymond’s interpretation of the rules, and says he’ll keep going to protect kids.