Former Hope resident Jason Thomas Graff faces six months jail after pleading guilty in Chilliwack provincial court on Feb. 7, 2020 to one count of telecommunicating to lure a child. (File photo)

Hope man pleads guilty to child luring

Psychiatric report ordered for sentencing of Jason Graff who was in court in Chilliwack Friday

A former Hope resident charged with child luring and possession of child pornography pleaded guilty in provincial court in Chilliwack on Friday.

Jason Thomas Graff faces the mandatory minimum of six months jail and, in a joint submission, Crown counsel and Graff’s lawyer are seeking that to be followed by three years probation.

The former Hope business owner was scheduled to go to trial in the case, with a preliminary inquiry set for Feb. 6 and 7, 2020, but instead he entered the guilty plea to count one, the charge of telecommunicating to lure child under 18.

The 35-year-old was arrested on Vancouver Island and charged with two counts of possession of child pornography from Dec. 28, 2018 at Qualicum Beach and Cumberland. The child luring charge is dated August 1, 2018 and is from Hope.

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Crown asked for, and Judge Wendy Young ordered, a pre-sentence report and a psychiatric evaluation in court on Feb. 7. Defence said Graff was also having his own psychological report prepared in advance of sentencing.

Crown suggested a victim impact statement would also be prepared for sentencing.

Graff is listed as the owner and general manager of BC Protection Services, a Hope-based security firm, but it’s unclear if he is still in charge or if the company is even operational. The company’s website is no longer active, and the phone number listed on the company’s Facebook page is not in service. Photos of Graff in uniform are on a number of posts on the Facebook page, but the last post is from December 2018.

Graff’s case was put over to a future date to allow for the reports to be prepared, and his next court appearances is scheduled for Feb. 18 for an application to vary conditions of his bail. Details of those bail conditions, however, are subject to a publication ban.


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