Perverted Justice – NBC’s To Catch a Predator Sex sting

According to a report by Byron Harris of WFAA-TV, prosecutors will not be bringing charges against the 24 men caught in the Dateline sex sting.

Why is this not surprising? In the article Attorney John Roach says, “Perverted Justice’s involvement creates more difficulties.”

In one of the reports, Bryon Harris says, ” Uncut video from the sex stings led to more questions about who actually ran the stings.”

In Illinois, Marsha Bartel a former associate producer for Dateline says she was fired after complaining that the NBC’s show To Catch a Predator violated “numerous journalistic ethical standards.”  Now she’s seeking at least $1 million in damages from the network.

In a Jun 28th article by Grant Slater – Associated Press Writer, Mayor Bret Baldwin is reported saying,  “Certainly these people should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, but the fact that this was all done for television cameras raises some questions.”

This comes as no shock to me. Perverted Justice methods have long been questioned by law enforcement, Attorneys, and real life cyber crime fighters like Julie Posey who organized a movement of working with the police to investigate and prosecute child molesters when she learned her own teenage daughter was approached by a pedophile in an internet chat room.

The group also has critiques like that of Scott Morrow who createds, a web site dedicated to exposing the truth about and Peter J. Carr publisher of who says, “ is an out of control vigilante organization.”

In recent Chatmag news: founder has fired back at  the district attorney.

“Phillip Eide, aka Xavier Von Erck, has launched into a ranting tirade against the Prosecutor in the Murphy, Tx. Dateline NBC “To Catch A Predator” sting operation.”

Dateline NBC paid  Phillip Eide, aka Xavier Von Erck over $100000.00 for participation in the “To Catch A Predator” series that some people are calling a reality tv show that was watched by millions.

Some are even saying that  the recent sting which resulted in the suicide of Louis Conradt may of been saved from an earlier sting operation, in hopes of being shown on Dateline NBC.  In an article by Leonard Doyle,  Congradt sister  Patricia says, “It was an act precipitated by the rush to grab headlines where there was no evidence that there was any emergency other than to line the pockets of an out-of-control group and a TV show pressed for ratings and a deadline.”

Tresa Baldas of ‘The National Law Journal‘  talks about how the  the NBC television series “To Catch a Predator,” may be popular with viewers, but not with  criminal defense attorneys, who claim the show raises a range of civil rights issues.

Are Perverted justice to be seen as super heroes or  an out of control vigilante organization that is  harming legitimate law enforcement efforts to stop online predators.  You decide!

Source: Murphy sex sting cases may not reach court

Texas town roiled by NBC sting 

Dateline NBC Suicide Sting May Have Been Saved for Dateline’s Cameras. 

 Reality TV goes one step further as judge turns gun on himself 

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