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American society has become a perverse nation filled with sexual misconduct. The worse of conduct is adults having sex with minors. It doesn't matter if a minor consents to sexual acts it is against the law and disturbing when an adult is involved. Minors do not have the maturity or the courage to say no to an adult concerning sex. Adults who have sex with children are mentally ill and perverse and they must be stopped. When minors engage in sex with adults, it leaves them confused and mentally destroyed. It takes most minors years to get over sexual actions that an adult has done to them.
Reintroducing Dateline NBC's "To Catch a Predator"
Child predators use the Internet to engage unsuspecting minors into meeting them for perverse sexual acts. In November 2004, NBC Dateline launched an investigating television show called "To Catch a Predator."
"To Catch a Predator" used a method created by Perverted-Justice. Adults posing as minors on social networking websites and chat rooms engage child predators into chatting and meeting in person. Internet decoys do not encourage or discourage online predators into sending sexually explicit pictures or meeting to have sex. A decoy who is usually 18 or 19 years old poses as the underage girl or boy at the sting house. The predator comes in and engages in conversation with the decoy. After 60 seconds, Chris Hansen comes out and confronts the predator about why they are there. Hansen shows predators their chat room transcripts with a decoy, who predators thought was a minor.
A lot of the transcripts are disturbing to say the least. In one transcript, the predator asked the decoy if he could rape her anally. In another transcript, the predator asked if he could shave the decoy's private area.
After Hansen talks with the predators, they leave the house. Outside local law enforcement is waiting for them. Predators are arrested on site and taken to jail.
"To Catch a Predator" Was Not Safe From Critics
Internet child predators are not a dying breed. America needs shows like "To Catch a Predator," not "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." While "To Catch a Predator" was on air, critics accused Dateline of entrapment and putting suspected predators on trial on television.
Brian Montopoli of CBS News Public Eye blog accused Dateline of punishing predators by broadcasting them on "To Catch a Predator." Montopoli also accused Dateline of being more concerned about ratings than catching online predators.
Charlie Brooker, U.K. television critic and columnist, wrote, "When a TV show makes you feel sorry for a potential child rapist, you know it is doing something wrong." Placing a grown man in a beautiful house with an attractive 18-year-old (U.S. legal) woman and arresting them for wanting to have sex with her is entrapment by Brooker's standards. Brooker forgets that the meeting was arranged with a decoy who stated she or he was underage.
Accusing Dateline NBC of entrapment is ludicrous. The predators put themselves in a position to get caught. If these men truly can't help themselves, then they need to find professional help, not a minor to execute their fantasies.
Dateline NBC's 2007 Woes
Unfortunately "To Catch a Predator" was sued in September 2007 for the suicide of Louis Conradt, Jr. Conradt was a prosecutor who didn't fall for the sting. However, there was controversy over who made the decision to arrest Conradt at his home when he didn't show up for the sting. Some say the Murphy Texas Police Department made the decision to arrest him. Others say it was NBC's Chris Hansen.
Nonetheless, police showed up at Louis's home to arrest him for engaging a minor in sexual conduct over the Internet. Louis knew why they were there and saw the television cameras outside. Louis went to his bedroom and shot himself. NBC and the Conradt family settled out of court. No one knows the conditions of the settlement.
As tragic as Conradt's death was, no one forced him to kill himself or engage a minor in an inappropriate conversation on the Internet.
Also in 2007, Dateline and Perverted-Justice came under scrutiny because of conflict of interest allegations. Dateline started paying Perverted-Justice a consultant fee to do its work. Perverted-Justice is an operation run by volunteers and donations. The fee was used to help keep the organization running, but it was frowned upon just the same.
Why Dateline NBC Needs to Bring Back "To Catch a Predator"
"To Catch a Predator" was and still is a show that is needed in America. Child molesters and Internet predators still don't get it. Their behavior is not tolerated and never will be. NBC canceled "To Catch a Predator" in December 2008 because the show had reached high popularity. The popularity made it harder to attract predators to the meeting locations.
Internet predators are not criminal geniuses. All NBC has to do is change their technique a little bit. Eighteen and nineteen year old location decoys should be switched out every other episode, so they won't become recognizable by television exposure.
"To Catch a Predator" sting houses are known to be spacious and high class. Scale back on the houses. NBC can start renting smaller homes, but with big yards. That will still give the team space to work.
The last suggestion is to switch host. Chris Hansen has become too familiar when it comes to catching perverts. Since, Chris is still NBC's pioneer reporter concerning predators, he should be allowed to do the voiceovers on the show. However, a different reporter should confront predators at the locations. Sting house reporters should be switched every season, but still keep pioneer Chris on the voiceovers.
The Bottom Line to Catching a Predator
NBC executives was painted as vain opportunists while filming "To Catch a Predator" series. No one is denying that NBC executives wanted higher ratings and to make more money. However, police officers, Perverted-Justice, Chris Hansen, the sting house decoys, and other people behind the scenes weren't interested in ratings. These brave front-runners wanted to stop child molesters and Internet predators.
As far as complaints about entrapment, stick it. Who is worried about the trap that predators lay for children when they are ready to get their perversion on?
MSNBC "To Catch a Predator"
"To Catch a Predator," Wikipedia.
Charlie Brooker, "Charlie Brooker's Screen Burn," Guardian.co.uk
Brian Montopoli, "Does Dateline Go Too Far To Catch a Predator?" CBS News.
- To Catch a Predator
- Chris Hansen
- sexual misconduct