Abbotsford man charged with impersonating a peace officer
An Abbotsford man with a history of fraud convictions has been charged with four counts of impersonating a peace officer.
In two of those instances, Charles David Parent, 47, allegedly flashed a badge, said Const. Ian MacDonald, spokesman for the Abbotsford Police Department (APD).
He said two of the charges are for offences on Dec. 10, 2013, when Parent allegedly presented himself as a peace officer to someone in the criminal justice system.
The other two charges related to Jan. 8, 2014, when Parent was in discussions with a police officer who was looking into Parent's purported involvement with Canadian amateur radio associations, MacDonald said.
Parent was arrested and appeared in Abbotsford provincial court on Thursday and was released on $5,000 bail. His next court appearance is slated for June 26.
MacDonald said charges of impersonating a peace officer are "extremely rare" in Abbotsford. He said police are concerned that Parent might have uttered false claims to other people.
"Abbotsford Police investigators are aware that many persons may have come in contact with Parent as a result of his online profile, claims and activities," MacDonald said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the APD at 604-859-5225, text 222973 (abbypd).
Parent, who also goes by the names Charles Parent-Quinn or Chase Parent-Quinn, has previously served jail time for multiple offences, according to the provincial court database.
In 2002, he was convicted of four fraud charges in Courtenay, B.C. and received a six-month sentence.
In 2006, he received a six-month sentence for impersonating a peace officer, as well as four months for fabricating evidence and attempting to obstruct justice in New Westminster.
In 2007, Parent was again sentenced, to three years, for defrauding a Surrey businesswoman out of $32,000 for computer parts while operating the business Tsunami Liquid Cooled High Performance Computers, based in New Westminster.
According to court documents, Parent used forged cheques to purchase the computer equipment from the woman, then resold it and kept the profits.
Prior to his convictions in B.C., Parent apparently served a five-year jail stint in Fort Dodge, Iowa for writing a bad cheque, according to a letter he wrote and that was published in October 2003 in "The Church of the Damascus Road Flash!"
At that time, Parent indicated he was living in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island and had turned his life around.
He said he had been promoted to "Chief of Western Canada Search and Rescue Operations."
Among Parent's other claims is that he is a former Navy SEAL.
Numerous online social media postings state that Parent has told individuals of his supposed connection to the special operations force.
The Abbotsford Today website identified Parent as a former Navy SEAL in an article on April 24, 2014 that stated Parent had a hostage rescue team investigator from Ontario review a video showing the police takedown of a man in the parking lot of the Abbotsford Food Bank.
The NAVY seal reference and the story were later removed from the website, and the Abbotsford News has confirmed that no person by the name of Charles Parent or Charles/Chase Parent-Quinn has been involved with the force.
"There isn't anyone in our database of candidates who ever entered BUD/S (basic underwater demolition/SEAL) with the names … provided. Without attending BUD/S, one cannot be a SEAL," stated Scott Williams of the Navy SEAL and Special Warfare Combatant-Crew Scout Team in an email to the Abbotsford News.
Parent has also stated on various online postings that he has a master of science degree in health sciences, a master of arts in fine arts, and has studied engineering at the University of Western Ontario.
On one of his Facebook pages, "The Way I See It," he identifies himself as "Dr. Charles Parent," with a PhD and a bachelor of education. That page has since been taken down.
Parent also claims to be one of only 40 "certified master tattoo artists in the world," and the only one in Canada, with a 30-year career in that field.
Parent did own a tattoo studio, called The Mad Tatter, in Surrey in three years ago, but no longer operates that business.
He has also posted online asking for donations to the "Amateur Radio Emergency Service of Canada/Pacific Region," which does not exist as a registered charity, according to the Canada Revenue Agency.
The legitimate organization is called the "Amateur Radio Emergency Service," and Parent uses their logo on Facebook, adding the words "of Canada."
Below: In a Facebook posting from April 29 of this year, Charles Parent refers to himself as having a PhD and a bachelor of education.