A former Vancouver school board trustee was one of 47 men arrested by police last year in an operation targeting men preying on teens.
Ken Clement has been charged with communicating to obtain sex from a person below the age of 18.
Clement was arrested in June 2018. He resigned from the school board in July of the same year, citing personal reasons.
Clement was the first aboriginal trustee on the Vancouver school board.
He was elected in 2008 with Vision Vancouver, and served until 2014. He was again elected in the October 2017 election.
The sting operation was led by the Vancouver Police Department’s Counter Exploitation Unit with assistance from the RCMP’s Counter Exploitation team.
“VPD detectives posted decoy advertisements on web escort listings and social media platforms for sexual services,” the Vancouver police said in a statement. “After prospective sex trade consumers made contact via text message, they were advised that the subject of the online advertisement was a girl between 15 and 17 years of age.”
Clement is due to appear in court on October 29 this year.More