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BC man to be sent back to States on luring charge

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A BC man is going to Arizona to finally answer to child-luring charges laid back in February of 2006.

Jay Cameron Johnstone is accused of luring a 13-year-old online. He was arrested after a sting, where an undercover police officer posed as the teenager.

According to court documents, he’s alleged to have set up a meeting with the girl to engage in sexual acts.

In June of that year, however, the US immigration department threw Johnstone out of the country, saying his visa had expired.

In October of 2007, the state of Arizona wanted him back, to face the child luring charges.

That’s when Johnstone began his lengthy fight against the extradition order. In a written submission to the minister of justice in 2008, he argued that a sentence in the States would be more severe than a sentence in Canada.

When the Canadian government ordered him to surrender to American authorities in 2009, he asked the minister to reconsider, on the grounds that his days in custody in Maricopa County, Arizona before he got bail revealed how inhumane and oppressive the jail system is. In an affidavit, he described the prison as overcrowded,  its food unacceptable, and its inmates threatening.

The minister then reiterated the extradition order after reconsidering the case in 2011.

The case was reconsidered a second time by the ministry of justice, and again the extradition order was issued in 2012.

Johnstone then made his case in front of the BC Court of Appeal panel, which has essentially defended the extradition order, which means Johnstone will have to go back to Arizona to deal with the child-luring charge.