What do a pharmacy technician (and former minister of music at a church), a photographer for horse competitions, a rabbi, a fast-food restaurant owner, a middle school math teacher, a convenience store clerk, and a drilling consultant for an oil company have in common?
It turns out, a lot.
Besides the fact that all are men, they were also all trolling for children on the Internet. What did all the perverts do before the Internet? They engage children (or what they think are children) in chat rooms where explicit words are often exchanged, and then try to arrange meetings in the hopes of having sex with said children.
Thanks to Chris Hansen and Dateline NBC’s "To Catch a Predator", some of these guys are getting a lot more than they bargained for. With vigilante groups like Perverted Justice often acting as decoys, these men are being caught red-handed. It’s a good thing, since it seems that about half of them tend to have some sort of career or hobby that requires interacting with children. Astoundingly, when interviewed by Hansen, more and more of the men even admit to having seen the TV show that led to their impending incarceration!
All I can say is, keep up the good work, Dateline et al. Maybe someday all the perverts will be behind bars and you can move on to Internet money scams, because my email inbox is inundated with them.