Facebook guide to teen sex abuse taken down
Two Castlegar, B.C., men who created a Facebook guide to having sex with girls as young as 13 will not be criminally charged, but they are not off the hook, according to the RCMP.
Police say the two men in their early 20s created the webpage, which included recommendations about which teens to target, what music to play, how much liquor to ply them with and what to do if caught by the teens' parents.
The webpage was taken down after word of it circulated through the southern B.C. community, reaching city hall, where councillors, including Deb MacIntosh, were so apalled they alerted the RCMP.
"We found it offensive," MacIntosh said. "We found it degrading. There are predators out there and that is exactly what these people are — predators."
RCMP said the site was disgraceful but that the authors posted a disclaimer and were careful to keep it within legal bounds. Police did not release the names the men who created the site because charges were not laid.
Still, Cpl. Dan Pollock said the police warned the two men that if anyone commits an offence based on the site, the creators could be held criminally responsible.
"It is illegal to counsel someone to commit an offence and the penalty is the same as the offence itself," Pollock said.
"If somebody acts on this, it will come back to you, and there are people who act on this all the time," Pollock said. "And literally it was a how-to guide, and I feel disgusted our local youth are doing this."