To Catch a Predator
Dateline NBC: To Catch a Predator (2004 – ) is a series of hidden camera investigations by the television newsmagazine Dateline NBC devoted to the subject of identifying and detaining potential child sexual abusers who attempt to contact children over the internet. The stories, which have all been done by Dateline NBC correspondent Chris Hansen, are conducted as an undercover sting operation with the help of online watchdog group Perverted Justice. Since the third installment, law enforcement officials have also been involved in the operation, leading to many arrests.
About the series
- Media has done a tremendous service to our nation by bringing awareness to the issue. Proactive online investigations are effective in identifying and ultimately catching child sexual predators, when conducted by proper law enforcement authorities
- John Shehan, the Cyber Tipline program manager at the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children
- Gallego, Daniella (2006). "'Gotcha' Shows Aimed at Nabbing Sexual Predators Raise Controversy" FoxNews.com (Accessed August 14, 2006)
- The issues "To Catch A Predator" raises are tied to larger journalistic questions too important to be ignored. It should be left to the law to decide how the men exposed on the program should be dealt with. But it is up to media to police its own behavior, even when the topic is distasteful and satisfying answers are not easy to come by.
- Brian Monotopoli from PublicEye
- Montopoli, Brian (2006). "Does 'Dateline' Go Too Far 'To Catch A Predator?'" CBSNews.com (accessded August 14, 2006)
- Our next guest is host of the funniest comedy on television. It's called To Catch a Predator. If you've never seen it, it's like Punk'd for pedophiles. It's a great show and you can watch it this Wednesday night on NBC. Please say hello to Chris Hansen.
- Jimmy Kimmel introducing Chris Hansen to his audience on Jimmy Kimmel Live[specific citation needed]
Chris Hansen Quotes
[Predator walks into home naked]
Hansen: Could you explain yourself?
Predator: I'm sorry.
Hansen-How old is the gentleman you came here to see?
Predator-He told me he was fifteen I believe
Hansen-Fifteen, do you want to try again?
Predator-That's what I remember.
Hansen-How 'bout fourteen?
Predator- "I mean granted yes this is my fault but did I actually walk into a trap?"
Hansen: I have the chat log right here.
[When cameras crew walks in on predator]
Hansen: I'm Chris Hansen with Dateline NBC and we're doing a story on adults who try to meet kids online for sex. Now, if there's anything else you'd like to tell us, we'd be more than happy to hear it. Otherwise, you're free to walk out of that door.
Hansen Why don't you go ahead and have a seat right on that stool for me please.
Hansen: Well, you're free to go.
[Predator gestures for a hug from the decoy]
Decoy: Hang on...you gotta be patient for that!
Predator: What, no hug?
[Chris Hansen walks out]
Hansen: No hug for me?
Predator: I'm sorry?
Hansen: No hug for me? Why don't you have a seat right over there for me?
Predator: (to decoy) I thought you were supposed to be getting into the hot tub!
Decoy: Oh don't worry, I've got a little surprise for you!
[Chris Hansen walks out]
Hansen: I'm probably not the surprise you were expecting.
Hansen: What was your plan here today?
Decoy: So, what do you want to do?
Predator: Let's see how it goes.
Decoy: Oh okay, so you're playing hard to get, huh?
[Chris Hansen walks out]
Hansen: Now let's see how it goes.
Hansen: Did you bring condoms?
[Predator reluctantly confirms]
Hansen: Yes, you just said that a moment ago, so - no reason to lie about it.
Hansen: Because you got caught, that's why you're stunned!
[Predator lies about trying to sell the decoy a home]
Hansen: Well, here's what doesn't make sense about that story: How is a thirteen year old going to afford to buy your home?
Hansen: So, Lieutenant, what are we investigating tonight?
[Predator moves in to hug the decoy]
[Chris Hansen walks out]
Hansen: No hug, tonight.
[To naked predator searching for decoy]
Hansen: What are you doing?
[To naked predator that wanted the decoy to engage in bestiality]
Hansen: You're naked, there's a 14 year old girl, you're chasing a cat around, you've got Cool Whip. And...you want this girl perform some sex act with the cat and then you'll have sex with her. Is that...accurate?
[Predator denies wanting to have sex with decoy]
Hansen: That's not what it says here.
[Naked predator asks for something to drink; Chris Hansen hands him a bottle of water]
Hansen: I guess all that running around naked got you dried out there.
Predator: Sir please...I'm not a real predator sir...
Hansen: Not a real predator? Just a pretend predator?
Predator : No...I'm just curious...
Hansen: A curious predator?
[Referring to marijuana bud that predator left on counter]
Hansen: I want you to take that with you though, since it's an illegal substance.
[To naked predator wrapped in towel]
Hansen: You can keep the towel.
Hansen: Did you bring your collar with you? What is all this slave talk in here?
Hansen: Three hours? You must have been hoping for something pretty special to drive that far on a Saturday afternoon.
[To a predator who brought a duffel bag]
Hansen: Looks like you brought enough stuff to move in.
[Predator asks if he is going to be arrested]
Hansen: That's not up to me.
Decoy: (to predator) I'm excited by the way.
Predator: Me too.
[Decoy leaves; Chris Hansen walks in]
Hansen: So you're excited too?
Predator: I don't want to be on the news, dawg.
Hansen: Well it's a little late for that, dawg.
Hansen: It sounds like what you were fishing for is sex with a 12 year old girl.
[Catching a predator for a second time]
Hansen: I have been in television for 24 years and I have very seldom been at a loss for words. But I don't even know what to ask you first.
[Predator makes up story explaining why he's at the house]
Hansen: So, you received a phone call...from someone who you didn't know...who said go to a house where you've never been...to see a man you've never met...to get a job. Is that correct?
Hansen: You talk about taking her out and buying her some boots. What's up with that?
Hansen: What are you doing here?
Predator: Getting my ass kicked.
Hansen: 'Getting you ass kicked?'
Hansen: What's going on in here does seem pretty 'pervy', doesn't it?
Hansen: So what part of the Bible tells you to say all this kind of stuff here in the chat: "I love to suck [beep]. Play with nipples and lick [beep]." Where is that in the Bible? Explain that to me. Is that the Old Testament or the New Testament?
Hansen: So does this new church teach that it's okay to come over and visit 14 year old girls who are home alone?
[Chris Hansen asks the predator why he's at the house]
Predator: I had some lady who wanted me to come over.
Hansen: A lady? And what was her name?
Predator: She was..22...and...I don't remember what her name was.
Predator: She said her name was 22--I mean she said she was 22.
Hansen: She said her name was 22?
[To predator whose chat log ran over 400 pages]
Hansen: You're pretty prolific chatter there. You want to explain yourself?
Predator: ...not really.
[Predator states he can't find women his age]
Hansen: So you figured you'd try another category, the twelve year old category.
[Chris Hansen shows predator a photo they sent of themselves naked]
Hansen: Is that appropriate to send to a girl who says she's 14? Lounging around naked?
[Predator walks in]
Predator: (to decoy) I had workout today.
Decoy: Say what?
Predator: I said I had a nice little walk today
[Chris Hansen walk out]
Hansen: You did? Where did you have to walk from?
Predator: From waaaaaaaay waay way.
Hansen: Way way. Why don't you come over here and have a seat on the stool for me please.
Hansen: Now, you see why that's so hard to believe. I have the chat log right here.
[Predator attempts to leave after seeing Chris Hansen]
Hansen: Excuse me sir, I'd like to ask you some questions.