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"Inside: Secret America - 'Bath Salts'" - Darren Foster and Mariana van Zeller - National Geographic Television

". . .They travel to the South, where local law enforcement is trying to shut down manufacturers and distributors a difficult task, because the chemicals used are constantly chaning and the laws cannot keep up. They go undercover with Marines in San Diego to local smoke shops to see how easy it is for someone to buy synthetic marijuana and bath salts."

National Geographic Television  2013-07-31

"Inside: Secret America - 'Armed & Undercover'" - Darren Foster and Mariana van Zeller - National Geographic Television

"In dramatic hidden-camera footage, Van Zeller and a private investigator purchase an AK-47 assault rifle in a fast food parking lot within an hour of making contact with the seller."

National Geographic Television  2013-07-24

"Inside: Secret America - 'Animal Undercover'" - Darren Foster and Mariana van Zeller - National Geographic Television

"Van Zeller and Foster first meet with covert animal activists who lead hidden camera exposés that have resulted in increased scrutiny of slaughterhouses, farms and research labs. While activists push for stricter enforcement of animal cruelty laws and increased criminal prosecutions against offenders, industry executives and lawmakers are mounting their own counterattack."

National Geographic Television  Wednesday, July 31, 2013

"Three Pinnacol Board Members go on Luxury Company Trip" - CALL7 - ABC News Denver

". . .The video shows three Pinnacol board members – Board President Gary Johnson, ethics member Debra Lovejoy and board member Ryan Hettich – golfing at $495 a round, staying in rooms that the hotel says start at $695 a night and enjoying dinner and cocktail parties. Johnson brought his wife and Lovejoy was joined by her fiancée. . ."

ABC News  2010-08-12

"Alleged Prositution in Philippines" - Nightline - ABC News

ABC News  2013-02-25

"Councillors for Hire Who Give Firms Planning Advice" - Holly Watt, Claire Newell and Ben Bryant - The Telegraph

". . .Despite apparently creating the potential for a conflict of interest, it is not illegal for councillors to work as paid consultants. Councils are expected to face an increase in applications for building when new planning laws take effect at the end of this month. . ."

The Telegraph  2013-03-10

"WHDH Takes and Undercover Look at Medical Marijuana Certifications" - Merrill Knox - TV Spy

". . .Massachusetts law permits doctors to give a marijuana certification to possess and grow a 60 day supply “after a full assessment” of the “patients medical history” they think the “benefits would outweigh the health risks,” according to WHDH. The producer went to three clinics with just the x-rays — which were of a yellow Labrador’s elbow — and no detailed medical records. She was able to obtain a certification at two of the three health clinics. . ."

TV Spy  2013-03-26

"Councillors for Hire Who Give Firms Planning Advice" - Holly Watt, Claire Newell and Ben Bryant - The Telegraph

". . .Despite apparently creating the potential for a conflict of interest, it is not illegal for councillors to work as paid consultants. Councils are expected to face an increase in applications for building when new planning laws take effect at the end of this month. . ."

The Telegraph  2013-03-10

"Reporter Goes Undercover with Migrant Smuggling Gang" - Paul Kenyon - BBC News

". . .Using secret filming, he met up with an underground network charging migrants as much as £1,500 to hide them in lorries destined for mainland Europe.Some who use the service have lived illegally in the UK for years, but want to move on in the hope of finding richer pickings elsewhere in Europe. Others are thought to be fleeing the justice system. . ."

BBC News  2013-01-20

"CBS 5 Goes Undercover to Investigate Black Market Birth Control" - Lindsey Reiser - CBS 5

". . .Yerberias may be a great place to find natural remedies for whatever might be ailing you - maybe a stomachache or a headache. But CBS 5 News has learned some Valley yerberias are also a great place to find birth control, oftentimes brought here from Mexico.We asked for contraceptives at five yerberias in Phoenix, and got some at two of them, for about $20 each, without a prescription. . ."

CBS News  2012-05-08

"Good News for Farm Animals and the First Amendment" - Brian J. Buchanan - Knox News

". . .That ruling illustrates the occasional tension between First Amendment freedoms of speech and press and some of society’s other values. The 4th Circuit said the news media could not break the law, that the reporters were indeed guilty of trespassing and breach of employee loyalty. Yet the court also refused to countenance what it called 'an end-run around First Amendment strictures' by Food Lion. . ."

Knox News  2011-06-15

"The Ambassador" - Mads Brügger

"WATCH: Full Secret Video of Private Romney Fundraiser" - David Corn - Mother Jones

 "The complete video demonstrates that Romney was not snippetized and that he was captured raw and uncut. Here it is, in two parts."

Mother Jones  2012-09-19

"Ag-Gag Bills Threaten Our Children, Our Freedom and Our Animals" - Ed Sayres - Huffington Post

". . .Ag-Gag bills criminalize taking photos or videos on farms to expose problems, such as animal cruelty, environmental and labor violations, and other illegal or unethical behavior. Simply put, Ag-Gag legislation poses a danger to the American public -- people and animals. . ."

Huffington Post  2012-03-22

"Getting the Truth Untruthfully" - Colman McCarthy - The Washington Post

". . .Other ways - truthful, ethical - exist besides hidden camera footage to nab wrongdoers. Classic investigative reporting relies on public documents, skilled interviewing, exhaustive research and cross-checking. Why should electronic journalists exempt themselves from the rules of fairness? . . ."

The Washington Post  1992-12-22

"Expanding Dangers" - Sandra Davidson - IRE Journal

". . .The judge in the case said something every journalist should remember: The First Amendment is not a license to trespass, to steal, or intrude by electronic means into the precincts of another's home of office. It does not become such a license simply because the person subjected to the intrusion is reasonably suspected of committing a crime. . ."

IRE Journal  1999-03-01

"Food Lyin' and Other Buttafuocos" - Sandra Davidson - IRE Journal

". . .If journalists continue to demonstrate the questionable ethics contained in the Food Lion case above, perphaps 'meat handling' should become a course in journalism schools' curricula. Treating subjects of stories as 'meat' or 'grist' for the journalism mill is unfortunately becoming a too common practice. This, of course, is not to say that all or majority  or even a large segment of journalists are behaving badly. But the taint from the few rubs off, and the odor is as foul as anything thr Food Lion reporters tried to uncover. . ." (IRE Journal's editors later apologized to ABC or the segment's producers for this piece. See "Apologies to ABC Producers" (http://dlib.nyu.edu/undercover/apologies-abc-producers-ire-journal-staff-ire-journal).  

IRE Journal  1998-11-01

"Undercover Journalism and Ethics" - Editorial - The Hindu (India)

". . .The central point is that investigative journalism that insists on going after information through deception and invasion of privacy can have only one serious defence: a larger social purpose. Undercover investigations by journalists go back a long way. It was in 1887 that the celebrated Nellie Bly feigned illness, got herself admitted to a notoriously ill-administered New York lunatic asylum, and wrote a powerful expose that hastened legal reforms relating to the treatment of the mentally ill. . ."

The Hindu  2005-05-06

"New Magazine to Feature Undercover North Korean Reporting" - Unsigned - AFP

 ". . .Asia Press said it has set up a team of the 10 North Korean volunteers who risk their lives to cover news deep inside the country with hidden cameras and other digital devices. . ."

Agence France-Presse  2007-11-20

"I-Team: Missing the Beat" - WCCO-TV Minneapolis

"Detecting Consumer Fraud: Salvaged Autos" - Chris Halsne - IRE Journal

". . .I knew doing surveillance on Russian mobsters wasn't the safest idea in the world, but I couldn't bring myself to tell Karin Sumeri's parents. Karin was a young college graduate killed while riding in a used Volvo. The car uncharacteristically sheared apart during a routine accident. The vehicle was rebuilt - totaled by an insurance company several years earlier. Somebody had literally glued the roof back together. Accident investigators say Karin would have lived if the Volvo hadn't been shoddily repaired. . ."

IRE Journal  2002-05-01

"Selling Innocence" - Dave Savini - IRE Journal

". . .I soon spotted young girls in bikinis walking out of Smith's Chicago home. I noticed still and video cameras, and made a positive identification of Smith based on a mug shot we obtained through local police sources. Immediately, I called Rubenstein in our Chicago newsroom. She rushed to the scene with our photographer and undercover equipment. During our stakeout, we wrote down license plate numbers of the models old enough to drive. . ."

IRE Journal  2002-07-01

"Medical Welfare Rip-Off" - Joel Grover - The IRE Journal

". . .For months, I'd been getting tips at KCBS describing the same scam: Wealthy Los Angeles doctors were somehow recruiting busloads of homeless patients to come to their clinics. Once there, the homeless patients were asked to fake illnesses, and in return would get paid an illegal kickback. The doctors could then charge bogus treatments to "Medi-Cal," the state's welfare program that provides healthcare for the poor. Sure, it was a great story, but the tips always lacked key information, such as how these homeless patients were recruited, and who was behind this scam. But my producer, Jennifer Cobb, and I were determined to document this amazing scam on undercover tape, start to finish. . ."

IRE Journal  2001-11-01

"Rotting Meat, Security Documents, and Corporal Punishment" - Dave Savini - Nieman Reports

"On a hot summer day, a truck backs into a loading bay in Chicago’s popular Fulton Street meat market. The truck’s driver has no idea his every move is being captured on a small video camera. Thousands of pounds of pork, cases of yogurt, and crates filled with fruits and vegetables are loaded onto a truck that has no refrigeration. It’s an illegal load. Outside temperatures reach nearly 90 degrees. The yogurt can spoil in the heat. The pork (whole pigs) is dripping blood and other moisture onto peppers and tomatoes, which is a serious violation of public health codes and can lead to cross contamination."

"TSA Changed Tune After Report" - Good Morning America

". . .That was quite a change from what investigative reporter Lisa Fletcher from Phoenix affiliate KNXV discovered — a 4½-hour nighttime window during which virtually anything could be brought into the secure side of Sky Harbor, the ninth-busiest airport in the nation. During those late-night hours, the X-ray machines were turned off and the metal detectors were closed, which means bags with unknown contents could be carried to the airplane-accessible side of the airport. . ."

"Sky Harbor Security Risks" - Lisa Fletcher - KNXV-TV Phoenix Transcript and Clips

". . .You would think five years after 9/11 airports would be very secure. What your about to see may have you thinking twice about the level of security Sky Harbor Airport is providing. During the day it seems fine..rigorous screening, and thorough checks bu the transportation security administration. At night...late at night, as you'll see, it's a completely different story. . ."

KNXV-TV (Arizona)  2007-07-20

"Fly at Your Own Risk" - David Savini - WBBM-TV (Chicago)

WBBM-TV  2007-11-01

"Campaign Desk: Stingers from Our Past" - Joel Meares - CJR

". . . How exactly do we assess such a thing [undercover stings]? It’s not scientific. But Poynter’s Bob Steele has ventured in the past to provide a checklist of rather strict guidelines that must all be adhered to if deception is to be justified in journalism. These include: the information obtained being in the public interest; all alternative methods of obtaining the information being exhausted; the story being told fully; any harm prevented outweighing the harm caused by the deception; and all ethical and legal issues being closely considered. With those in mind, and the particulars of each case on hand, here’s our trip down an ethically murky memory lane. . . . "

Columbia Journalism Review  2011-03-10

"The Unwanted Children of Russia" - Diane Sawyer - ABC News 20/20

ABC News 20/20  1999-01-13

"Truth, Lies, and Videotape" - Russ Baker - Columbia Journalism Review

". . .But it wasn't always that healthy. Despite voluminous hype, PrimeTime Live was practically born PrimeTime Dead. 'It was supposed to be the second coming of broadcast news,' recalls Eric Mink, TV critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 'Instead, it was a laughingstock' . . ."

Columbia Journalism Review  1993-07-01

"Hidden Cameras: A Million-Dollar Peek" - Russ Baker - Columbia Journalism Review

". . .Last summer, a California jury decided the show's use of 'hat-cam' hidden-cameras violated the privacy of the plaintiffs, two men who gave readings, and in what seems to be the first such decision against a newsmagazine show, awarded them more than $1,000,000 in actual and punitive damages. Now the judge is threatening further steps, in a state noted for its tough attitude toward clandestine recording. The case is likely to cast a shadow across the lenses of TV's powerful hidden-camera tools. . ."

Columbia Journalism Review  1995-03-01

IV-"A Message About Methods: Make No Mistake" - Bob Steele - Radio Television Digital News Association

". . .Journalists are more often being challenged, not just on the end product of their work but also on how they gather information. Increasingly, the objection is to the methods reporters and photographers use in quest of the 'truth.' . . ."

Radio Television Digital News Association  1998-01-01

III-"Hidden Cameras and Other Inexact Sciences" - Allen Maraynes - Radio Television Digital News Association

". . .In television, we have a slightly different challenge: that is, to clearly understand that we are neither the CIA nor the police. We don't have the authority of a crossing guard. No one elected us to do anything. Yet each day we try to make decisions regarding hidden cameras; the intent may not be to blow anyone up, ruin anyone's life or invade anyone's privacy. But we still want to find the 'bad guys.' That is our job and our responsibility."

Radio Television Digital News Association  1998-01-01

VI-"An Argument Against 'Toilet Journalism'" - Robert Lissit - Radio Television Digital News Association

". . .They'e also planning on invading someone's privacy. The station's staff may wind up in court. Even if they don't, they will still jeopardize their credibility, drive away viewers and add to the already dwindling supply of television news credibility. In short, the story is a terrible idea. . ."

Radio Television Digital News Association  1998-01-01

II-"Hidden Cameras: A News Executive's Perspective" - Mark Effron - Radio Television Digital News Association

". . .I have come to question whether we really serve the public by limiting stories to those of 'profound importance,' with a 'vital public interest.' What's changed my mind has been a series of stories that, although not of profound importance, certainly are of great interest to many people. . ."

Radio Television Digital News Association  1998-01-01

I-"The Hidden Camera Conundrum: A Media Lawyer's Perspective" - Mark Sableman - Radio Television Digital News Association

". . .But today we have few simple legal certainties in this area. Even when viewed solely from a legal standpoint, undercover reporting techniques raise many issues of balancing, judgment, discretion and prediction of the attitudes of judges, juries and public opinion. . ."

Radio Television Digital News Association  1998-01-01

"Statutes and Court Cases: Introduction" - Kathleen K. Olson - Radio Television Digital News Association

"The body of law that governs eavesdropping, recording, and the use of hidden cameras is complex. In addition to federal law, nearly every state has its own statute, each with case law that interprets the statue in slightly different ways.

Radio Television Digital News Association  1998-01-01

XI-"Lawyers, Journalists and Hidden Cameras" - Sandra S. Baron - Radio Television Digital News Association

". . .Generally, it is not for us to decide the editorially appropriate use of hidden cameras or hidden microphones, which stories are newsworthy enough to justify such news gathering techniques, or when a given journalistic institution has overstepped and overused hidden cameras, risking the wrath or contempt of its community. . ."

Radio Television Digital News Association  1998-01-01

X-"Hidden Cameras Answer Noble Call" - Duane Pohlman - Radio Television Digital News Association

". . .Television strives for great video that can truly tell a story. Investigative stories are no different. Although all investigative reporters strive to uncover the truth, investigative reporters on television strive to SHOW it to their audience. In many cases, that means using hidden cameras. . ."

Radio Television Digital News Association  1998-01-01

IX-"Hidden Cameras: Is the Truth Worth the Lie?" - Stuart Watson - Radio Television Digital News Association

". . .We focus so intently as journalists on the wrongs we're exposing and the greater truth we're telling that we take little time to contemplate the lies we're employing. We demand that cops follow the law, that public employees obey the rules and even that politicians behave ethically. But for some reason we balk when it comes to setting our own standards. . ."

Radio Television Digital News Association  1998-01-01

VIII-"Worth Thinking About" - Chris Heinbaugh - Radio Television Digital News Association

". . .They are hidden cameras, and they have begun to make their way into newsrooms that once only dreamed of having such a tool. With this influx, hidden cameras are being used by many reporters and producers, some of whom have little understanding of power, nuance and impact of such a tool. . ."

Radio Television Digital News Association  1998-01-01

VII-"Hidden Cameras: Handle With Care" - Charlie Thompson - Radio Television Digital News Association

"I am not in love with hidden cameras. They can be very dangerous. They can be compared to rapid-firing, semiautomatic pistols adopted by most police forces in the past decade and replace the more reliable six-shot revolvers."

Radio Television Digital News Association  1998-01-01

"Silenced for Their Work: Journalists Are at Risk Throughout the World" - Abi Wright - IRE Journal

". . .Tim Lopes, 50, was a TV news reporter investigating a story about traffickers abusing drugs and minors in Brazil's favela, or slums. . .He was filming undercover when he was discovered to be a reporter. According to two suspects, Lopes was kidnapped, beaten, shot in the feet to keep him from escaping, and sentenced to death at a mock trial. . ."

IRE Journal  2003-03-01

"'Candid Camera' Gone Berserk?" - Unsigned - Newsweek

". . .Soon enough, reality programs will come up against reality. If these shows just copy each other--jerking another tear out of the Jessica DeBoer story, busting another chiropractor--they'll end up as just one more TV fad. On the other hand, if they can break the formula with fresh, quirky stories, news magazines may transform the late prime-time period into a nonfiction zone. . ."

Newsweek  1993-08-29

"Hidden Network Cameras: A Troubling Trend" - Howard Kurtz - Washington Post

The Washington Post  1992-11-30

"Establishing constitutional malice for defamation and privacy/false light claims when hidden cameras and deception are used by the newsgatherer" - David A. Elder, Neville L. Johnson and Brian A. Rishwain - Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review

". . .A hidden camera story is essentially a 'grainy little morality play,' edited to heighten the entertainment value, where journalists go undercover to mythologize their work by becoming protagonists, modern, 'folk heroes' who ferret out wrongdoing as the superheroes of pop culture. . ."

Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review  2002-04-15

"Day Care Nightmare" - Tom Shales - The Washington Post

"An investigative team from the show visited New Orleans day care centers that, though privately run, receive some state funds, and found two of them to be frighteningly negligent. Hidden cameras show, among other horrors, one baby being tossed headfirst into a crib, then being smacked repeatedly by an attendant."

The Washington Post  1991-06-20

"Gotcha!" - Robert Lissit - AJR

"Steele thinks hidden cameras can serve a valuable purpose, but says that 'journalists have misused and overused [them]. They're an important tool to have in a journalistic bag, but we should use them judiciously, conservatively and with the recognition that the stakes are very high, because the consequences for those individuals who are the subject of hidden cameras can be dire and the impact on journalistic credibility profound.'"

American Journalism Review  1995-04-01

"Why Those Hidden Cameras Hurt Journalism" - Paul Starobin - The New York Times

"Hidden cameras? That's the easiest call. Their growing use by TV news magazine shows... is part of a ratings-driven descent by the major networks into the swamp tabloid journalism."

The New York Times  1997-01-28

"The Shame Game" - Douglas McCollam - Columbia Journalism Review

"It was just before 3 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon last November when a contingent of police gathered outside the home of Louis Conradt Jr., a longtime county prosecutor living in the small community of Terrell, Texas, just east of Dallas. Though the fifty-six-year-old Conradt was a colleague of some of the officers, they hadn’t come to discuss a case or for a backyard barbeque. Rather, the veteran district attorney, who had prosecuted hundreds of felonies during more than two decades in law enforcement, was himself the target of an unusual criminal probe. For weeks the police in the nearby town of Murphy had been working with the online watchdog group Perverted Justice and producers from Dateline NBC’s popular “To Catch a Predator” series in an elaborate sting operation targeting adults cruising the Internet to solicit sex from minors. Dateline had leased a house in an upscale subdivision, outfitted it with multiple hidden cameras, and hired actors to impersonate minors to help lure suspects into the trap. As with several similar operations previously conducted by Dateline, there was no shortage of men looking to score with underage boys and girls. In all, twenty-four men were caught in the Murphy sting, including a retired doctor, a traveling businessman, a school teacher, and a Navy veteran . . ."

Columbia Journalism Review  2007-01-01

"Dateline: To Kill a Predator" - Jesse Wegman - Huffington Post

"Well, Dateline: you finally got what you wanted - a live execution, with cameras rolling. Are you satisfied? A man is dead, technically by his own hand: Louis Conradt, an assistant district attorney in a small Texas town, about to be arrested for chatting online with and planning to meet a minor (he thought) for sex. He did not actually leave his house, but he did talk about it online, and in Texas that's enough to constitute a crime. So the cops descend on his bungalow with Dateline in tow, and they get the goods, if not the guy: a loud bang echoes from inside the house as their cameras approach. Moments later, Conradt is wheeled out on a stretcher, his bloody hair waving in the breeze."

Huffington Post  2007-02-23

Over the line: the questionable tactics of "To Catch a Predator" - Deborah Potter - American Journalism Review

". . .The 'To Catch a Predator' series on 'Dateline NBC' has been a smash hit for the network's news division since it launched more than two years ago, drawing a substantial audience and public praise for bringing sex offenders to justice. But the program's tactics have always been controversial, and now they've landed NBC in court. The charge is breach of contract, but the complaint paints a picture of a program willing to cross ethical lines to win ratings. Former 'Dateline' producer Marsha Bartel, who worked at NBC for more than 20 years, was let go last December just a few months after being promoted to sole producer of the 'Predator' series. Bartel says the company told her she was being dropped in a general round of layoffs. While there's no question that NBC has been downsizing, Bartel believes she was forced out because she complained to her supervisors that the 'Predator' series repeatedly violated the standards of ethical journalism. . ."

American Journalism Review  2007-08-01

"Ethics of NBC's Sting Show 'To Catch a Predator'" - Neal Conan - Talk of the Nation NPR

The online watchdog group Perverted Justice lures sexual predators by posing as minors online and inviting them to meet up in person. And Dateline NBC's wildly popular "To Catch a Predator" series has captured audiences nationwide with a mix of fear and voyeurism. Guests: Douglas McCollam, attorney and contributing writer for Columbia Journalism Review Chris Hansen, host of NBC Dateline series "To Catch a Predator" Richard Rapaport, San Francisco-based freelance writer, author of "Dying and living in 'COPS' America" a critique of "To Catch a Predator." Xavier von Erck, founder of pervertedjustice.com

Talk of the Nation  2007-01-16

XIX-"To Catch a Predator: Potential predators go south in Kentucky" - Chris Hansen - NBC Dateline

"Bowling Green, Ky. — We're at it again, catching potential online sex predators in the act of attempting to meet young girls. Elliott: I’ve had that fantasy in the back of my head. Chris Hansen: About being with a young girl? Elliott: A young girl, yes. We're in a new state, in a new part of the country -- southwestern Kentucky. What's not new is the men's reaction to meeting who they think is a young girl. Armstrong: I haven't had a kiss yet. Elliott: Gosh, you're pretty. West: Well, I’m going to give you a hug. McPhetridge: I’d like to hold you. Decoy: And then what? McPhetridge: And kiss you. That's why I was asking you to come up here. We're set up in this six-thousand square foot home in Bowling Green, Kentucky. We've outfitted the house with thirteen hidden cameras and seven are outside, capturing a potential predator as he drives into the development, up our street and into our driveway. Then five cameras inside pick up his every move as he walks in the door."

Dateline NBC  2007-12-28

XVII-"To Catch a Predator: Expensive home rich with potential predators" - Chris Hansen - NBC Dateline

"OCEAN COUNTY, N.J. — We're in Ocean County, New Jersey for our eleventh internet sex predator investigation. Mike: You're Chris Hansen. Hansen: I am. Here, men will show up after making a date online, apparently hoping for sex with a young teen and knowing exactly what they’ve walked into… Justo Benavides: This is the Dateline thing. ...seem to realize what they are doing is illegal… Hansen: So you know what happens next. Lubrano: Yup (hands behind back)."

Dateline NBC  2007-05-25

XVIII-"To Catch a Predator: No day at the beach" - Chris Hansen - NBC Dateline

"OCEAN COUNTY, N.J.— We’ve been catching suspected Internet sex predators for more than three years, exposing men on the hunt for sex with young teens. More than 200 men have been arrested. After 11 investigations in eight different states, a 117 men have either pleaded guilty or been found guilty by a judge or jury. Yet there are still men out there willing to take the risk of getting caught. It seems no matter where in America we go, we find men apparently ready to molest young teens. During our latest investigation in Ocean County, New Jersey, it’s no different. Men familiar with our reports show up anyway. It's a beautiful stretch of beach and a picture-perfect summer vacation spot for parents and children. But it's also for potential predators. Michael Lubrano: You’re Chris Hansen? Chris Hansen: I am.  One who actually appears happy to meet me... Jeremy Keister: It’s nice to meet you. Chris Hansen: Thank you.  (laughter)"

Dateline NBC  2007-07-18

XVI-"To Catch a Predator: The scariest potential predator" - Chris Hansen - NBC Dateline

FLAGLER BEACH, FLA. — Who wouldn’t want to visit Flagler Beach? This small, idyllic spit of land on Florida’s east coast attracts thousands of visitors every year. But some of the visitors you’ll meet   aren’t just coming for the sun, sand, and surf. Flagler Beach it seems, is a town ready to take on  potential sex predators. Officer Kevin Pineda explains the kind of complaints his department has been hearing. Officer Kevin Pineda: Older gentleman going to our beach—that much isn’t a crime, they’re just staring at people.  But when they start making advances towards the young generation in our city, it causes concern.  Having seen Dateline’s investigations, Pineda decided to conduct his own experiment.  He  set up his own decoy profile online in local chat rooms, posing as a 14-year-old girl named “Jenna,” screen name “flaglerbeauty14f.” Officer Pineda: Within about 5 to 10 minutes the screen was just cluttered with instant messages, you know, emails.  It was just unbelievable. Over  just two days, Pineda received messages from more than a hundred people, mostly older men and their intent was unmistakable. One guy sent an image of his penis, and his wife performing oral sex on him.

Dateline NBC  2007-03-06

XV-"To Catch a Predator: Flagler Investigation: Online and on the beach" - Chris Hansen - NBC Dateline

FLAGER BEACH, FLA. — It’s December in Flagler Beach Florida (population: 5,000), and it’s time for the annual holiday parade. The entire police force of Flagler, a town some 20 miles north of Daytona, is working parade duty. But later that evening, most of those same officers are working one of the biggest investigations they’ve ever tackled. The police are hiding in a garage behind our latest undercover house, waiting to arrest the man who’s about to walk inside. 34-year-old Mohamad Abdalla works in real estate.  He’s married, and has an 8-year-old daughter.  Female decoy (on hidden camera): Come inside.  It’s cold out here.  Come in.  Come on in.  Hi.  How are you?  How was your drive? Mohamad Abdalla: Can I leave the door open?  Decoy:  You can leave the door open. Abdalla: How you doing? Decoy: Sit down. Good. Long before he got to the house, Abdalla used the screen names ‘blondy91972’  and ‘midos1972’  to chat with someone who told him she’s a 13-year-old girl. But he was really talking to a decoy for the online watchdog group Perverted-Justice, a group we hired because of its experience pretending to be teens online who are curious about sex.

Dateline NBC  2007-02-27

XIV- "To Catch A Predator: Murphy, Texas" - Chris Hansen - NBC Dateline

Dateline NBC  2007-02-13

XIII-"To Catch a Predator: Potential Predators Adapt to Recent Stings" - Chris Hansen - NBC Dateline

"Long Beach, Calif. — 22-year-old Corye Blagg is walking into Dateline’s undercover house in Long Beach, California, a house with 15 hidden cameras. They’re recording every move he makes. Blagg, an ex-Marine, works for a computer company in San Diego, and just drove 100 miles to get here. Why?  Blagg had chatted on line with someone he thinks is a 13-year-old— and he says he wants her to be his girlfriend. Blaggca (chat transcript): All I’m missing is a sweetheart to share my love with. But Blagg is really chatting with a decoy working for Perverted-Justice,an organization that exposes men who sexually target minors on-line.  Perverted-Justice works as a consultant for Dateline—setting up computer profiles, and pretending to be underage teens interested in sex. Remember, he’s 22 years old, and the decoy says she’s a 13-year-old female."

Dateline NBC  2007-02-06

XII-"To Catch a Predator: Scary Chats and a Repeat 'Predator'" - Chris Hansen - NBC Dateline

Long Beach, Calif. — We’ve always been aware that the men coming into our undercover houses could be dangerous, but as we set up our “To Catch A Predator” operation in Long Beach, California, the very first man who arrives has us especially worried. 29 year-old Michael Warrecker, an unemployed computer technician uses the frightening screen name “can_i_rape_you_anally.” He thinks he’s coming to meet a girl who said she was 13. What Warrecker apparently doesn’t know, is he’s really been chatting with an adult decoy from Perverted-Justice. That’s an online watchdog group Dateline uses as a consultant to do what it normally does, go into chat rooms, mostly at Yahoo and AOL, set up computer profiles, and—in this case —pretend to be children—under the age of 14 who are interested in sex.  In his online chat, Warrecker tells the decoy, “Maybe we should hook up...” and says he would like to have anal sex with her. The decoy says: “Ouch. I think that would hurt a lot.”

Dateline NBC  2007-01-30

XI-"To Catch a Predator: Prominent Men Caught in Petaluma Sting" - Chris Hansen - NBC Dateline

PETALUMA, CALIF.— We set up a house where a young teen is supposed to be home alone. Like moths to a flame, potential sex predators can’t stay away. That is of course until they see me. Even though millions of people have seen our series and we’ve caught 150 men, in this latest investigation, our seventh one,  we have one of our largest turnouts ever.  29 men show up at this upscale house in Petaluma, California in just three days. We’ve rigged it with hidden cameras—the street, driveway, garage, alley and every inch of the backyard are covered.  But our guests have no idea they’re being recorded. Inside the house, members of the online watchdog group Perverted-Justice are in chat rooms posing as young teens. Dateline has paid the organization a consulting fee. The PJ members are pretending to be 12- and 13-year-olds who are interested in sex and whose parents are away. If a man in a chat room hits on one of the decoys and proposes sex, he’ll be given the address of this house and invited over. Dateline hired an 18-year-old actress to play the part of the 12- or 13-year-old home alone...and the men seem happy to see her.

Dateline NBC  2006-10-06

X-"To Catch a Predator: Potential Predators in Petaluma" - Chris Hansen - NBC Dateline

Petaluma, Calif. — A girl appears to be home alone and looking for company. She keeps waving men into the garage... and they keep following her all the way to the backyard where she offers them a drink. Anyone watching this scene repeat itself over and over might be wondering what’s going on. The girl is an 18-year-old actress hired by Dateline.  She’s inviting suspected sex predators to sit at a bar in a backyard that is wired with hidden cameras. Decoy: Where do you work? Gopi:  I work in Apple. Decoy: Oh, so you sell fruit? Gopi: Sorry? Decoy: You sell fruit? Gopi: I’m a software engineer. Decoy: Oh, software, oh, like the computer.  Oh.  (Laughter) Gopi: Yep.  Yep. She chats with the men making them feel more at ease and then I come out. Chris Hansen, Dateline Correspondent (walks out):  So you had quite the commute today, huh?  Why don’t you have a seat over by the bar there.  How’s it going?  Please sit down.  Did you enjoy your drink? It’s all part of Dateline’s latest investigation into online sex predators.  As in the past, men from all walks of life show up. A respected doctor and a carpenter who gave us the most revealing confession we’ve ever heard.

Dateline NBC  2006-09-29

IX-"To Catch a Predator: Going the Distance" - Chris Hansen - NBC Dateline

"In community after community, vulnerable young teenagers are still at risk from grown men online. On Sept. 22, Friday, our hidden cameras are in Georgia. This time among the suspected predators caught on tape are three military men — two served in Iraq. Now they could be serving time in prison. Again, we want to warn you, some of what you'll read below is explicit. FORTSON, GA. — Even when men know it’s against the law, know there’s a chance they’ll be apprehended, men still show up at a house where they were told a child is home alone and willing to have sex with them.  And the number of men who continue to arrive at the door during each undercover operation is alarming—like our latest investigation (the sixth one), this time in Harris county, Georgia.  We’ve rigged this house with 12 hidden cameras— five inside and seven outside. From a control room inside the house a crew operates the cameras and records a man’s every move from the moment he drives up to the house. We’ve hired a young-looking 19-year-old to be play the part of a young girl—a decoy who will invite the men in. Meet 24-year-old Reymundo Anguiano. He thinks he’s here to see a 14-year-old girl named Diane. He met her online just hours ago in an AOL chat room. To give you an idea why he might be here, take a look at what he said online. Using the screen name truesweetguy69, he asks a decoy—an adult pretending to be 14 --  if she’s good at giving oral sex. The decoy says “nobody ever complained, didn’t do it lots but i know how to do it.” Then truesweetguy69 asks if he shows the girl a picture of his penis would she give him oral sex. The decoy, who he thinks is 14 says “oh yeah.” And sure enough, truesweetguy69 sends her a picture of his genitals."

Dateline NBC  2006-09-22

VIII-"To Catch a Predator: They're still showing up" - Chris Hansen - NBC Dateline

"Like moths to the flame, they just keep coming. It's been more than two years now since we first began our series of reports investigating online sex predators. Five different states... 129 men exposed. On Dateline Wednesday, investigation number six. This time, we've set up our hidden cameras in a rented house in rural Georgia. And once again, even men who've seen our reports show up at the door.  We should let you know, some of what you'll see and read below is explicit. This report first aired on NBC, Sept. 13. FORTSON, GA. — On a stormy summer night, on a winding country road, a potential sex predator slowly approaches a house where he believes a child is waiting for him.  He’s driven a long way for this meeting- almost two hours. But the driver won’t find a young girl inside—instead a Dateline investigative team awaits his arrival. Why is this man making such a long trip in the dead of night? Perhaps because he believes a 15-year-old girl is alone inside ready to have sex with him. But his journey didn’t begin that day— it began more than a week earlier when he entered a Yahoo Georgia chat room and decided to hit on a decoy, an adult posing as a 15-year-old. It didn’t take long for the 23-year-old, screenname “scoobydooat101”, to steer the chat towards sex. He asked all kinds of sexual questions like “What positions have you tried? U like doggie?” "Scoobydoo" says “Well if we ever have sex, I’ll introduce it to you. But I switch positions a lot, so you’re bound to learn a few new tricks.” Now the man with the bag of tricks is walking in our house.  Wehired a very young looking 19-year-old to play the part of the girl . . ."

Dateline NBC  2006-09-13

VII-"To Catch a Predator: A Cyber Twilight Zone in Ft. Myers, Fla." - Chris Hansen - NBC Dateline

"FT. MYERS, FLA.— A 49-year-old man talks to a teenager he's never met before. He probably believes she’s the 15-year-old he’s been chatting online with for the last week and a half. Actress, decoy (hidden camera footage): Hey, I just have to change my shirt real quick, but just come in and watch some TV. I’ll be right there. Michael Wilusz: Okay. What Michael Wilusz doesn’t know is she’s really a 19-year-old actress we hired to be a decoy. He walked into a Dateline hidden camera investigation. Chris Hansen, Dateline correspondent (walking in): Come on in over here. Have a seat there. Wilusz: Oh wow. (laughs, eating cookies). Chris Hansen, Dateline correspondent: Hungry? How does it taste? Wilusz: Great. Wow, these are home-baked? Hansen: Do you want time to finish your cookie? Wilusz: Not really. Hansen: So you’re good if I ask you a couple of questions? Wilusz: Yeah. It’s the latest in our continuing series of investigations into online sex predators. For the first time we’re in the south: Fort Myers, Florida. Hilton Daniels is Fort Myers chief of police . . ."

Dateline NBC  2006-05-31

V-"To Catch a Predator: Admitted child abuser caught in sting" - Chris Hansen - NBC Dateline

"This report airs May 3, Wednesday, 9 p.m.. It's the latest in Dateline's month-long series of undercover investigations: children at risk from grown men online. We're back in small town America, where the investigation leads us to one of the most disturbing cases we've ever found. A warning: some of what you're about to read is explicit. GREENVILLE, OHIO. — It’s was a busy three days here in Darke County, Ohio. A house, equipped with hidden cameras inside and out, has become the destination for men hoping to hook up with young teens they met online. From their Internet chat, it’s clear that most of the men are here for one thing: sex.  But as soon as they see me, they know there’s been a change of plans and their stories change as well. Most folks who live here think that this area would be immune to this sort of activity, and think “It wouldn’t happen here.” But as we showed you last week, we find  in rural America what we found in every other location— men lining up at our door, ready to keep their date for sex with a minor. A 30-year-old, screenname “Meatrocket8,” starts chatting online with a girl posing as a 15-year-old virgin.  The decoy referring to her virginity says “I bet you’re scared of that.” “Meatrocket8” says, “Actually you find it quite attractive. I’m honored to be considered the candidate for your first time.” Later as the chat gets more graphic, he asks for her address . . ."

Dateline NBC  2006-05-03

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

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 NBC  2006-05-17

III-"To Catch a Predator" - Chris Hansen - NBC Dateline

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA — A month ago, Dateline launched its third investigation into a growing national epidemic—grown men trolling the Internet, many looking for sex with children. This time, to expose them, we set up multiple hidden cameras in a house in Southern California. A decoy coaxes the men in, but instead of finding a 12- or 13-year-old home alone, the men looking for sex will meet me. Here’s an example of the kind of confrontation we’re in for: A 37-year-old, Kurt Lemke, a truck driver, calls himself “haloballfan” online. He thinks he’s here to meet a 13-year-old boy named Dave, but we really send him a decoy photo. During his chat, he makes plans to give the boy oral sex.

Dateline NBC  2006-02-03

II-"To Catch a Predator: Catching potential Internet sex predators" - Chris Hansen - NBC Dateline

In any home where there are kids with computers, there are parents with concerns. Teenagers can spend hours chatting online, but who are they chatting with? On the other end of that instant message could be a complete stranger — or a sexual predator. It's a dangerous side of the Internet, one that's growing and many children are at risk. So we went undercover, filling a house with hidden cameras. Soon, a long line of visitors came knocking, expecting to find a young teenager they'd been chatting with on the Internet, home alone. Instead, they found Dateline. We want to warn you some of what you'll read is explicit.  But parents need to know what their kids can confront when they sit down at the computer. The problem seems to be getting worse — and the profile of the suspected predators more frightening. Just this past summer, an editor for “Weekly Reader,” a newspaper for school children was arrested for using the Internet to solicit sex with a 14-year-old boy. He pleaded not guilty. And this past spring, a New York City cop, a youth officer, was also caught attempting to meet a child online for sex. He pleaded guilty last month “to attempted use of a child in a sexual performance” and agreed to serve six months in prison. Law enforcement officials estimate that 50,000 predators are online at any given moment. And the number of reports of children being solicited for sex is growing says Michele Collins of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Dateline NBC  2005-11-10

I-To Catch a Predator: Dangers children face online" - Chris Hansen - NBC Dateline

Instant messaging on the computer has become the phone for kids today. Children spend hours chatting online with their friends, and sometimes with strangers. A recent study found that one in five children online is approached by a sexual predator, a predator who may try to set up a face-to-face meeting. In a Dateline hidden camera investigation, correspondent Chris Hansen catches some of these men in the act. Also, scroll to the bottom of the page for the software mentioned in the story and more resources. To follow the trail of an Internet predator prowling for children, from seduction in a chat room to a face-to-face meeting, Dateline rented a house, wired it with hidden cameras, and enlisted the help of an online vigilante group called "Perverted Justice." Volunteers from the group posed as teens in chat rooms, saying they were home alone and interested in sex. Within hours there were men literally lining up at our door. The men who turned up in our investigation included a New York City firefighter and a man with a history of mental illness and a criminal record. And they all had something in common: the same excuse. Just about every man who came to our house said it was the first time he had done something like this and most claimed they really had no intention of having sex with a minor. Here's an excerpt of what we found: Steve, 35, thinks he's got a hot date with a 14-year-old girl. Instead he'll be meeting Dateline NBC correspondent Chris Hansen. At first he seems to think I am a police officer. I haven’t told him yet that I'm a television reporter and at this point he has no idea he's being videotaped.

Dateline NBC  2004-11-11