Chilliwack child luring suspect granted bail

Don Putt, 67, ordered released on $35,000 bail after sting by vigilante group the Creep Catchers

A man charged with child luring after a sting by a vigilante group was granted bail in a Chilliwack court Friday.

Don Putt, 67, is charged with one count of telecommunicating to lure a child under the age of 14, and one count of sexual interference from July 1, 1985 in Agassiz.

Judge Robert Gunnell granted a defence request and ordered Putt released on $35,000 bail along with various strict conditions, including that he surrender his passports.

Crown Grant Lindsay asked the court that Putt be remanded, while Putt’s lawyer Martin Finch asked for bail.

None of the details presented in court can be reported due to a publication ban.

The charge is in connection with an Oct. 7 incident when Putt showed up to the Vedder Crossing McDonald’s to meet what he allegedly thought was a 12-year-old boy only to be met by members of the Fraser Valley chapter of Creep Catchers, a group of vigilantes who pose as underage boys and girls on dating websites, arrange meetings, film those meetings and then shame the alleged offenders on social media.

The Surrey Creep Catchers received considerable media attention recently after an online scheme led to child luring charges to Const. Dario Devic of the RCMP.

The organization scheduled a rally Wednesday at the Surrey Provincial Courthouse.

Putt’s next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 8.