Former Kamloops sheriff caught in sex-related sting to be sentenced today

A Kamloops sheriff who was arrested after being caught in an online sex sting is scheduled to be sentenced today in Kelowna Provincial Court.

Kevin Johnston, 50, was arrested in 2016 after attempting to arrange a sexual encounter with a person posing online as a 14-year-old girl.

Kamloops This Week reported that Johnston, a deputy with the B.C. Sheriff Service at the time of his arrest, began communicating online in August 2016 with an adult woman posing as a teenaged girl name “Steph’ as part of a vigilante group, Creep Hunters, aimed at exposing potential sexual predators.

In October, Johnston, who served 12 years as a sheriff, pleaded guilty to one count of breach of trust by a peace officer. The sexual charges he was facing are expected to be stayed once he is sentenced.

“In those communications, Mr. Johnston turned the conversation to sex,” the agreed statement of facts reads. “He sent two pictures of his penis and a full-frontal nude shot to Steph. He told her that he was a sheriff in Kamloops and sent photographs of himself in uniform and pictures of himself in the locker room at work.”

He was then confronted by members of the Kelowna Creep Hunters at a strip mall where he thought was going to meet “Steph.” The Aug. 27, 2016 confrontation was recorded and posted online.

He was suspended from his job when the allegations became public and he resigned within a week.

In a joint submission, the prosecution and defence are both recommending a sentence of four months of house arrest.

Files from Kamloops This Week

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