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Former Mission political candidate faces criminal charges in Chilliwack

Among the counts that Wyatt Scott is dealing with is a charge of trafficking in persons under 18

A former political candidate in Mission is due in the Chilliwack Law Courts Thursday (Aug. 31), facing a boatload of charges.

Wyatt Scott is dealing with 12 counts, including five that are K files, indicative of intimate partner violence. Included in that list are charges of forcible confinement, administering a noxious thing with intent to endanger, and trafficking in persons under 18.

The list of non-K file matters includes sexual assault, break and enter, forgery and several firearms counts. All of the charges date between April 15 and July 12 of this year in Chilliwack.

Scott gained notoriety during the 2015 federal election when he released a wacky video that depicted him riding a giant computer-generated Canada goose.

Over 60 seconds, he plummeted to earth with a sword, plunged that sword through the head of a dragon, fist-bumped an alien, and caught a man falling to earth. The video ended with Scott shooting laser beams from his eyes to destroy a robot adorned with a Conservative logo.

Scott’s creation earned international attention, with a Washington Post headline saying, “This Canadian campaign ad is amazing — and by amazing, we mean utterly insane.”

Eight years later, the video has generated 1.5 million views on YouTube. But while the video was popular, Scott was not. He earned 914 votes, just 2.05 per cent of all ballots cast, finishing fifth out of six candidates.

He took another run at office in 2018, seeking Mission’s mayor’s chair. He earned 723 votes (8.24 per cent), finishing third out of four candidates.

Scott doesn’t have a prior criminal record, but in 2018 he went to trial on a sexual assault charge, accused of making unwanted sexual advances to an employee that included rubbing his body against hers and making suggestive comments.

He was acquitted in May 2018, with the judge ruling that it had not been proved that Scott had acted without the complainant’s consent or without believing there was consent.

Eric Welsh

About the Author: Eric Welsh

I joined the Chilliwack Progress in 2007, originally hired as a sports reporter.
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