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Child luring cases in doubt

A Supreme Court of Canada decision could jeopardize child luring convictions.

Douglas Morrison of Ontario was convicted after posting an ad on Craigslist that read "Daddy looking for his little girl," to which police responded, "posing as a 14-year-old girl named Mia."

But now, the court has ruled the law that convicted him violates the charter of rights because it shifts the burden of proof onto the accused to prove they're innocent, CTV News reports.

In its decision, the court wrote that "the Crown must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused believed the other person was underage."

The decision throws into doubt Creep Catchers stings and Vancouver Police operation that have snared 47 suspects over the past year.

"It's a little bit too early to tell, but we are aware of it and we're looking at the actual ruling," VPD Sgt. Jason Robillard told CTV.

Meanwhile, Crown lawyers are studying the ruling, and Morrison will get a new trial.

– with files from CTV Vancouver



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