For the uninitiated, the show is basically a televised sting operation, where would-be child predators are courted in chat rooms, invited to a phony minor’s home, and GOTCHA! Out pops NBC’s Chris Hanson, host of the show and Interrogator General for the evening.
The format and flow is always the same. First, Hanson encourages the suspect to have a seat on a kitchen stool and begins grilling him as to his intentions, whether he knows how old the girl (or boy) is, and just how that picture of his exposed genitalia ended up in her (or his) email account. Once the host is satisfied he has thoroughly humiliated (and rightly so) the dirt bag, he encourages them in patronizing fashion to leave if they so choose (I believe “go ahead and go right out that same door you came in in” is his phrasing du jour). Almost invariably, they thank Mr. Hanson, gather any belongings they were asked by the mark to bring to the “date” (sandwiches, candy, booze, condoms, marijuana, etc.), and scuttle out the door just to be thrown to the ground by a waiting police force. The charge is typically “Attempted Lewd Contact Upon a Minor.” I find the use of “upon” as an odd choice of words, but there’s no accounting for legalese.
In watching the show, I’ve noticed a number of commonalities among the slime-bags, small traits that seem to hold true for each and every one of ‘em. For example: Continue reading