posted on Jun, 21 2006 @ 11:19 PM
If there can be anything amusing found in these episodes, it would be the guy who was busted and actually admitted that he had watched previous
episodes of "To Catch a Predator" on Dateline.
If I had to make an uneducated guess, I'd say that we've always had the same relative amount of sickos amongst us. It's just that the anonymity
and relative "safety" of the internet has given these people a priceless tool when it comes to living out their sick fantasies. I applaud NBC,
Perverted Justice and law enforcement for setting these stings up. These people are sick, and until I see conclusive proof that they can be cured by
anything short of castration, then I think we should lock them up and throw away the key. If that doesn't work, then let me be the first on ATS to
volunteer for a spot on the firing squad.
On a side note, I actually know a guy that was caught by the Philadelphia affiliate of NBC and Perverted Justice in a sting a couple years ago, before
all this "To Catch a Predator" stuff became popular. He thought he was picking up a 14 year old boy, allegedly. Of course he denies that he wanted
sex even though it's all peppered throughout the text and telephone transcripts. Unfortunately, because law enforcement wasn't involved in this
particular sting operation, no charges were ever pressed. But he has since faced considerable embarrassment and financial damage to his company. The
stigma will never escape him, and rightfully so. We always knew he was gay, and I never cared for the guy personally, but we never suspected that he
was into youngsters. As much as I enjoy what has happened to him since being exposed, I still wish he were behind bars where he belongs because I
doubt this was the first time he tried meeting a child and I doubt it will be the last in spite of what has happened. These people have a serious
sickness of which there is no cure in my mind.
On a related note, our local NBC affiliate actually caught a ton of flack because of what they did. They received a ton of complaints from people who
lived in the neighborhood where the sting took place for luring these pedophiles into their neighborhood. I think they are completely justified in
their complaints. I wouldn't want one of these sting houses being set up down the street from me if I had kids. No one wants a bunch of horny guys
from the internet coming to their neighborhood searching for young skin. I mean, whats to stop them from seeing a young boy riding a bike on their
way to the house, and deciding to go for a target of opportunity rather than show up at the house they were heading to. There's a million scary
things that can happen. I think that when these "operations" are conducted, the utmost care must be taken when picking a setup house for these
pervs to come to. I think it should be relatively remote and away from any schools or populations of children. I can just see a huge lawsuit
happening if a child is abducted around one of these houses as a result of these pedophiles being lured there.