Court of Appeal has upheld the police using Craigslist for "random virtue testing" to catch a man seeking sex with an underage girl. The appellant, however, persisted in his efforts to obtain sexual services. The court unanimously dismissed the conviction appeal of Pai-Chih Chiang, who was arrested in during an undercover "sting" operation when he entered a Victoria area motel room to have sex with what he was told was a year-old girl.
Chiang was convicted at trial of communicating for the purpose of obtaining the sexual services of a person under the age of Police used the Craigslist classified website to post an ad to attract men interested in having sex with underage teens. The ad offered: "Sexy, young tight bodies lookin' for fun.
In call today only, girls from out of town in downtown Victoria area. Don't miss this, you'll be sorry!!
Men who responded to the ad were given information that the girls were underage, causing most men to not pursue the matter further. Chiang was one of two people who did persist.
He was advised in an e-mail exchange that two girls, J. He chose J. In a subsequent phone call he was instructed to bring cash to a meeting with a female undercover officer posing as a procurer, which took place in a motel parking lot in Saanich. When Chiang arrived by vehicle at the motel, he met the officer and confirmed he had cash with him.
She is a great girl and she's totally good to go and she is eager and wants to please," the officer said. The officer handed Chiang the key, which he used to enter the motel room, where he was confronted by police inside and arrested. On appeal, Chiang argued the trial judge erred in refusing to stay the charge because police used "entrapment" techniques.
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