September 14, 2009

To Catch a Potential Predator


Have you ever seen Dateline NBC do their "To Catch a Predator" sting operations? They instigate setups to try and catch people soliciting minors for sex over the Internet. It's riveting television. But, I just thought of something in terms of the legality of the arrests.

These men (they're always men on the show) are chatting with adults, who are only posing as minors. So how can they actually be charged with soliciting a minor for sex over the Internet if that's not really what they did? It's only what they thought they were doing.

5 comments:

Meghan said...

I love watching To Catch a Predator! I'm not sure what the actual law is that they're breaking, but I think it has to do with "intent" to solicit from minors, rather than actually doing it.

Eric Olsen said...

ah, that makes sense.

LizM said...

I don't watch it. Now, if they had one called "To Shoot a Predator in the Knees", I think I would watch that. Networks? Anyone?

Eric Olsen said...

nice! it's been a while since we've developed new TV shows on this blog.

http://www.allopinionsarenotequal.com/2007/09/homeless-fear-factor.html

Anonymous said...

If I were on the show I'd claim intent to solicit from an acquaintance acting like a minor. Still creepy, but not illegal.