The conviction of a Red Deer man for wrongfully targeting an innocent person in a Creep Catchers sting will not dissuade online vigilantes from hunting pedophiles, says a sociologist.
Some of these predator-hunters are predators themselves, said Chris Schneider, an associate professor of sociology at Brandon University in Manitoba.
“Many of these groups, they really believe they are doing just and moral work,” Schneider said in an interview with CBC Radio’s Edmonton AM.
Vigilantes who use the internet as a forum to shame and ensnare alleged pedophiles see themselves not only as above the law but morally superior, said Schneider.
They believe they are protecting vulnerable young women and children, he said.
“I think very few of them look in the mirror and think, ‘I’m a bully or I’m engaging in types of harassment.’
“I think they’re going to engage in these types of behaviours without really being reflective