or


[04/25/06 - 12:00 AM]
Dateline's Chris Hansen Travels to Ohio and Florida to Report on a Series of Hidden Camera Investigations That Catch Men Who Appear to Be Trying to Meet Children Online for Sex

[via press release from NBC]

"DATELINE'S" CHRIS HANSEN TRAVELS TO OHIO AND FLORIDA TO REPORT ON A SERIES OF HIDDEN CAMERA INVESTIGATIONS THAT CATCH MEN WHO APPEAR TO BE TRYING TO MEET CHILDREN ONLINE FOR SEX

"To Catch a Predator" will Air on April 26, May 3, May 10 and May 17 at 9PM

NEW YORK -- April 25, 2006 -- Two years ago "Dateline" began its breakthrough reporting on online sexual predators, revealing a national epidemic. Over the course of three reports, the dramatic hidden camera investigations have exposed almost ninety men. Now, Chris Hansen is back with another series of reports on men who target young teenagers online. After chatting online about sex and then making a date, dozens of men show up at "Dateline's" undercover houses. Like the previous investigation, police arrest potential predators caught on camera. In addition, Hansen will participate in a live blog during the first installment, offering anecdotes, behind-the-scenes information and answers to viewer questions, available at ww.Dateline.MSNBC.com. "To Catch a Predator" will air on April 26, May 3, May 10 and May 17 (9:00-10:00 PM/ET).

Hansen and NBC News set up their hidden camera investigations at homes in Greenville, Ohio and Ft. Myers, Fla. Members of a group called Perverted Justice, an Internet watchdog group and consultants to "Dateline NBC," pretended to be 12-15 year old children chatting online. Within hours, adults solicited the undercover operatives for sex. Some sent graphic sexual images to what they believed were minors. Soon, many of those same men actually show up at the house for a rendezvous with the child. For these investigations, Perverted Justice teamed up with local law enforcement. After a potential predator was confronted by Hansen and left the house, detectives who had been in contact with Perverted Justice arrested the men.

Most of the men confronted by Hansen claim their intentions were innocent. Some of the most alarming cases involve prominent members of the community: an elementary school teacher, a fireman and church youth group counselor. Demonstrating how widespread the problem is, the hidden camera investigation in Ohio exposed 18 men in three days, and the hidden camera investigation in Florida exposed 24 men in three days. In both locations some men drove for hours to get to the house.

MSNBC.com will post blogs, full reports and video from "Dateline's" "To Catch a Predator" series and other reports aired on Internet safety at www.Dateline.MSNBC.com. Also available online will be a number of resources for parents including tips to keep kids and teenagers of different ages safe online, links to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, including their "cyber tip line," and a link to the national sex offender registry. As a starting point to keep kids safe online, MSNBC.com offers an Internet safety contract. With pledges for both parents and kids, this contract encourages families to discuss Internet safety, and agree to abide by these rules when using the Internet.

David Corvo is the executive producer of "Dateline NBC."





  [april 2006]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· DATELINE NBC (NBC)











[08/28/14 - 05:31 PM]
"Jay Leno's Garage: The Ultimate Car Week" Premieres Sunday, August 31 at 10PM ET/PT on CNBC
Based on his Emmy-winning web series "Jay Leno's Garage," this special takes viewers into the heart of Monterey Week, America's ultimate automotive event.

[08/28/14 - 02:21 PM]
"Live with Kelly and Michael" Enters Its 27th Season in National Syndication September 1, 2014
The show finished the 2013-14 season as the No. 2 syndicated talker in Households, posting an 8% gain over the prior year, and its highest Household rating in 6 years.

[08/28/14 - 01:40 PM]
Lori Loughlin Stars in "Garage Sale Mystery: All That Glitters," A Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Original World Premiere October 26
Steve Bacic, Sarah Strange and Brendan Meyer also star in the second installment of the "Garage Sale Mystery" movie series.

[08/28/14 - 12:12 PM]
HGTV's Newest Series "Sold on the Spot" Taps Into the Ultimate Buying and Selling Fantasy
In his new series, Josh teams up with house hunters to knock on every door in their ideal location and convince one homeowner to sell their house within 24 hours.

[08/28/14 - 12:08 PM]
FXX Paints Labor Day Weekend Yellow - Five Days Left in Record 12-Day "The Simpsons" Marathon Ends Monday, September 1 at Midnight ET
Following the conclusion of the 12-day marathon on Monday night, "The Simpsons" moves to its regular weekly schedule beginning on Tuesday, September 2.

[08/28/14 - 12:03 PM]
Emmy and Tony Award-Winning Actor David Hyde Pierce Joins "The Good Wife" in Recurring Role for Season Six
The role will mark Pierce's first appearance in a television series since "Frasier" ended its run in 2004.

[08/28/14 - 11:40 AM]
HBO's Banksy Does New York a User-Generated Chronicle of the Street Artist's One-Month Residency in New York City, To Debut Nov. 17
"From the moment Banksy took over the streets, New Yorkers became obsessed. The film captures this month of madness created by user-generated footage," says Sheila Nevins.

[08/28/14 - 11:31 AM]
The Reinvention of "The View" Continues as ABC Recruits a Powerful New Senior Team
Bill Wolff, Brian Balthazar, Ashley S. Gorman and Kathleen Rajsp are among those overseeing the new season.

[08/28/14 - 11:13 AM]
Get Ready for the Hottest Night of the Summer on the Season Finale of "So You Think You Can Dance" Wednesday, September 3 on FOX
Guest judges include Jenna Dewan Tatum, Debbie Allen, Tara Lipinski and Adam Shankman.

[08/28/14 - 10:00 AM]
Starz Offers First Five Episodes of Unscripted Original Series "The Chair" for Starz Subscribers on Starz Play and Starz on Demand
The first episode of the network's first unscripted series will also debut on the pay channel on Saturday, September 6 at 11:00/10:00c.

[08/28/14 - 09:30 AM]
Nerd Alert - September Is Nerd Month on TBS
Look for extra episodes of nerd favorite "The Big Bang Theory" and nerdtastic movies like Men in Black 2, Zombieland, Bad Teacher and Old School.

[08/28/14 - 09:21 AM]
More Families, More Fun! "Family Feud" Returns with All-New Season on Monday, September 15, 2014
"Family Feud" is averaging a 5.0 household rating to date nationally, putting it 9% over a year ago and making it the fourth highest-rated first-run strip.

[08/28/14 - 09:02 AM]
Maroon 5 to Perform During "America's Got Talent" Sept. 3 Live Results Show on NBC
The chart-topping recording group will play, "Maps," the most recent single from their upcoming fifth studio album, "V" through 222 Records/Interscope Records.

[08/28/14 - 08:36 AM]
"America's Got Talent" Wins Its Time Slot Among the Big 4 in Every Key Measure and Is the #1 Show of the Night in Total Viewers
NBC spins the numbers for Wednesday, August 27.

[08/28/14 - 08:29 AM]
ABC's "Motive" Finale Is Up 13% to Tie a 10-Week High and Grows Over Its Year-Ago Finale
ABC spins the numbers for Wednesday, August 27.