Caught in the act

By KYLE SUTTON  |  January 18, 2007

Crimmins remains skeptical of how civilian organizations may continue in their operations.

“It should be like combat duty,” Crimmins says. “You don’t want to leave someone on the front lines too long. You get burnt out.”

Travis Geiger, a sophomore at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy who created a “To Catch A Predator” group on the social networking service Facebook, says he thought the show was “interesting at first” but says now “it’s really ridiculous, and if the producers think that this is informative they are dead wrong because the format and the trap and the instant messages are just hilariously stupid.”

Opinions vary on ethics of Dateline’s specials and moreover the conduct of the group behind it, Perverted Justice, but according to Morrow, the distinction is a simple one to make.

“Truthfully? I don’t have a problem with that,” he says, in reference to the men who actually arrive at the bust houses and are later arrested.

Yet his case remains.

“There is no ethical way for civilian groups to do it.”

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