Accused in Vancouver child sex bust has new court date set

The 36-year-old man was among seven men charged with obtaining sexual services from someone under 18. Another 40 men were arrested in the nine-day police operation and police plan to recommend more charges.

A man charged with allegedly agreeing to buy sex from a teen girl in a Vancouver police sting had his court date on Friday put over to later in the month.

Jun Jie He, 36, had a scheduled court appearance in Vancouver provincial court but he didn’t appear in person and his lawyer and the Crown prosecutor set the new date.

His next court date was set for Feb. 26.

He was among seven men charged with obtaining the sexual services of a person under 18 after Vancouver police set up an online sting in which an officer posed as a teen girl between 15 and 17 years old to arrange a sex act for money with dozens of men.

Police arrested 47 men in total during the sting over nine days from June to November last year and are working on submitting charge recommendations to the Crown for the other 40.

Charged so far are Nikolaos Dais, 58, a retired Little Flower Academy teacher, Jim Malmros, 45, Mario Celo Amistad, Mehran Arefi and Kenneth Clement, a former Vision Vancouver school trustee for the Vancouver board.

Clement has pleaded not guilty to the charge and has a three-day trial set for Oct. 29. The others have yet to enter pleas and have court dates set for later this month.

The minimum sentence for obtaining for consideration the sexual services of a person under the age of 18 is six months.

A Vancouver police car. File photo / PNG




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