Are these guys a threat?

Discussion in 'Up to the Minute' started by arielilane, Jun 10, 2007.

  1. arielilane

    arielilane Justice for Morgan

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    Long after the cameras are gone, the vast majority of people convicted in online stings in the region get little or no jail time - regardless of whether they are arrested by Perverted Justice and publicized on "Dateline NBC" or nabbed in a lower-profile bust by local police.

    Interactive: Meet 46 online predators
     
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  3. fran

    fran Former Member

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    So basically, the program is all for show. :(

    Of course, I wonder if these guys re-offend? I'm sure there are plenty of pervs to replace them.

    JMHO
    fran
     
  4. arielilane

    arielilane Justice for Morgan

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    That's what I thought, too. Really is sad to think a show would do all that just for ratings. I guess I shouldn't be surprised.
     
  5. misterallgood

    misterallgood Former Member

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  6. JBean

    JBean Retired WS Administrator

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    Gee ,Paris HIlton got more time than some of them.
     
  7. JanetElaine

    JanetElaine Well-Known Member

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    What exactly is 'shadowy' about Perverted Justice? And, they weren't paid to lure anyone. Try to protect children and get blasted.... nice....
     
  8. JanetElaine

    JanetElaine Well-Known Member

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    Why is that sad? Shouldn't shows like that get high ratings? Shouldn't everyone know the kind of perverts that try to meet children... our children? And how they try to meet them?
     
  9. Saavy

    Saavy New Member

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    I work closely with detectives who work sex crimes and they cannot stand the to catch a predator show. They say it does more harm than good. It arms predators with too much information about how they bust these sickos.
     
  10. mysteriew

    mysteriew A diamond in process

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    One of the best things that has come out with the show is that it puts the info in the parents hands. Let's face it, for many people sex crimes happen in other cities and towns and neighborhoods. Most parents allow their kids to roam and to use the computer unsupervised. But when they see the show, it does hit home that it can happen in their town, and it can happen to their child. Just maybe they are more alert, just maybe they are more protective and at the very least they will be quicker to recognize it.
     
  11. southcitymom

    southcitymom New Member

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    Well said. I'm not a fan of these shows and I think they are out for ratings blood and border on being illegal (there's a lengthy thread somewhere here devoted to them), BUT I do think that they bring the idea of child predators into people's consciousness and that is not a bad thing.
     
  12. Ntegrity

    Ntegrity Former Member

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    Dateline has no control over what the court system decides to do with those creeps. They expose them (sometimes literally :) ) and the law takes over after that. I don't think it's reasonable to blame Dateline for their light sentences.
     
  13. Details

    Details Former Member

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    Normally, Perverted Justice gets all these sickos, and they are all too often just let off, criminally. I think To Catch a Predator did a great job, getting some prosecuted (every single one is hopefully several fewer molested children), waking up parents to this danger. So many people thought it wouldn't happen in their neighborhood, or that it was only obvious sleazeballs.
     
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    philamena Former Member

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    They will reoffend because they are sexual predators. There is no cure for that type of sexual perversion. If To Catch A Predator did nothing more than make parents aware of the dangers of the internet then I think it did its job.
     
  15. BOESP

    BOESP Active Member

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    Hi Fran,

    I'm not taking up for anyone but the problem would be with the judicial end, not the television producers/program, or the law enforcement group(s) who do the arrest.

    This type problem is very prevalent in arrests even when they aren't on television. Knowing the outcomes from the men arrested on this program provides a great opportunity encouraging us to write our local and state officials, complaining about the condition of the judicial system. (Of course they are going to come back and say the jails are overcrowded and the populace won't support the needed tax increases to provide cells for all offenders.)

    It's a bad situation. Somebody needs to fix it.
     

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