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article image76-year-old B.C. man caught in hooker sting heads to John School Special

By Salim Jiwa     Oct 22, 2009 in Crime
A police woman posing as a hooker proved too much of a temptation for a 76-year-old man from Abbotsford, B.C. He stopped his car to make a deal. The undercover cop told him to park in an alley and wait for her. Now he is going to John School.
ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – A policewoman posing as a hooker proved to be too much of a temptation for a 76-year-old pensioner.
Now, the senior will have to go to John School and if he doesn’t graduate cops will haul him to court for soliciting for sex.
He has six months to make it through John School which is run by the John Howard Society.
“John School program through the John Howard Society focuses on educating people about the victimization of women involved in the sex trade,” explained Abbotsford Police spokesman Const. Ian MacDonald.
The senior, who was in a car, stopped to chat to the decoy hooker and was then directed to an alley where cops were waiting to handcuff him.
MacDonald said the senior was one of ten people snared in a two-day operation called “Project Harvest Moon.”
“Yep! the oldest guy brought in on our sting was 76-year-old,” said MacDonald. “Most of the people we got, we got in their vehicles, and so they would be driving by one of our undercover officers and they’d meet our undercover officer and be told to go a short distance away.”
So after the conversation with the policewoman, the old John was directed to an alley where cops were waiting to give him the bad news.
“On occasion we’ve had to make sure our policewomen doing this do things to make them look not as pretty as they normally would,” said MacDonald.
“Whenever we do these projects, there is at least one surprise in them for us,” he said. ‘Sometimes the surprise is someone with status in our community, or some of the excuses that are offered – if it is an academic we’ll get the excuse they are doing research.”
“Sometimes we get the Eddie Murphy excuse – just a nice guy giving a gal a ride,” he said.
“In order to be eligible for the John School you cannot be a repeat offender, you cannot have a criminal history that includes violence – so it is not automatic,” he said.
The advantage for the John is that if he goes to school then cops will not proceed with charges that are deferred for appearance for six months to give the customer a chance to reform.
One of the Johns arrested had an assortment of items that could be described as a rape kit.
The man was equipped with plastic ties, bear spray, hunting knife and a starting pistol.
“That illustrates the danger inherent in the sex trade,” MacDonald said.
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