Dateline NBC ran a controversial, popular series of hidden camera stings across the country exposing and, eventually, facilitating the arrest of adult men who solicit sex with minors online. NBC paid an advocate group called Perverted Justice to set up "decoy" meetings with men who initiated sexual conversations with people posing as underage girls and boys. The men would show up at a house filled with NBC cameras, host Chris Hansen, and, as the series progressed, decoy actresses and police waiting outside.
To Catch a Predator is an American reality television series featuring hidden camera investigations by the television news magazine program Dateline NBC hosted by Chris Hansen. It was devoted to impersonating underage persons generally ages 12—15  and detaining adults who contacted them over the Internet for sexual liaisons. People were lured to meet with a decoy under the pretense of sexual contact, then confronted and interviewed by Hansen, and finally arrested by local law enforcement.
Someone, we don't know who, posted an online warning that Dateline's hidden cameras are in the neighborhood. But think that stopped these men? This report aired Tuesday, Jan.
News and More Click to Expand Instantly. But it also raised serious ethical questions for journalists. Armed with liquor, condoms and little common sense, the men arrived at the front door.
In community after community, vulnerable young teenagers are still at risk from grown men online. On Sept. This time among the suspected predators caught on tape are three military men — two served in Iraq.
Over the weekend, the men showed up to a Fort Myers home expecting to find a child. Instead they found police and a Dateline NBC crew. The group made contact with about people through internet sites like Myspace, AOL and Yahoo, posing as a young child.
It sparked ratings magic for years, and attracted plenty of controversy of its own along the way. Sure, it made for compelling televisionbut were Hansen and his crew really the good guys here? Did To Catch a Predator perform a public service, or was it just another ratings-hungry reality series? However you feel about NBC's hit Dateline segment, we've dug up a collection of behind-the-scenes details that might change your opinion.
During " Dateline NBC's" recent hidden camera investigation19 were caught going to a suburban home where they thought they'd be meeting with sexually available teens. One came into the house completely naked and sat down in the kitchen, where Hansen met him and kindly handed him a towel to cover himself up. A rabbi was so upset at being caught that he even seemingly went after Hansen.