VI-"To Catch a Predator: Caught on camera, but not surprised" - Chris Hansen - NBC Dateline

VI-"To Catch a Predator: Caught on camera, but not surprised" - Chris Hansen - NBC Dateline

Despite awareness of recent stings, some potential predators still take a chance and make a date online with an underaged teen

by: Chris Hansen | publication date: May 17, 2006 | Publication: Dateline NBC |

This report airs May 17, Wednesday, 9 p.m.: This month, millions of people have been watching our investigations into computer sex predators — among them, some of the suspected predators themselves.  And what's most surprising is that even knowing that they may be walking into a sting is not enough to keep some of them away. Tonight, we're back in Florida, where we started our investigation last week.  We want to remind you that some of what you'll see and read is explicit.  FT. MYERS, FLA. — Like all our previous investigations, the potential predators in Ft. Myers, Fla. kept us busy. Some are surprisingly candid... Donald Morrison: They arrested me for possessing child pornography cause I had nude pictures of her on my computer. They ended up dropping the charges. Others tell us stories we’ve heard before... Thomas Coffen: I just came over to say "hi." That was it. They all had something in common: everyone of them chatted online about having sex with a person posing as a young teen, made a date to meet, and then showed up at our undercover house. Chief Hilton Daniels, Ft. Myers, Fla. police: A number of these individuals traveled quite a ways. I believe the furthest one drove 223 miles, to Fort Myers to have sex with a child. Chief Daniels says it’s frightening to think what would have happened if there really had been a child home alone.

Dateline goes to Fort Meyers Fla, to continue their popular To Catch A Predator hidden camera series.

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