A prolific Port Alberni pedophile barely avoided a federal sentence yesterday, but was given the maximum provincial sentence of 2 years less a day in jail.
30-year old Jason Zoet pled guilty to luring a 14-year old girl over the internet and having sex with her after telling her he was 17, not his real age of 28.
The arrest led to the seizure of his electronic devices where police found more than 500 videos of child pornography, in what Crown prosecutor Gordon Baines said was “about as depraved as one can get.”
Zoet has only been free from jail for a few months over the past 5 years, as he consistently re-offends soon after release.
Yesterday, he was sentenced via video from the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre, as his previous sentence for B&E, theft, and possession of child pornography had just expired.
Baines said Zoet is incapable of containing his urges, and he’s a high risk to re-offend.
He has been the focus of more than 100 investigations since 2008, and this was Zoet’s 7th conviction on child pornography charges.
He will be on probation for 3 years after his release, and was warned that any future charges would send him to a federal penitentiary.