"Dateline" cameras taped the scene as a police tactical team forced its way into Conradt’s house.
NBC News executives staunchly defended the “Predator” investigations but eventually concluded the series had become too highly charged to continue.
“Dateline” quietly aired its 12th and final installment of “Predator” in late December.
The resolution of the lawsuit caps a controversial chapter for “Dateline,” which drew both ratings bonanzas and sharp critiques for its “To Catch a Predator” investigations.
In the segments, which NBC began airing in 2004, the newsmagazine worked with an Internet watchdog group called Perverted Justice to contact men online who were seeking to meet underage children for sex, then lure them to a house, where they were confronted on camera. Media ethicists objected to the deception used in the investigation, as well as NBC’s close relationship with law enforcement agencies in the jurisdictions where it set up stings.
The DA in Massachusetts has declined to prosecute, citing that Massachusetts law requires active enticement to Massachusetts, which the log doesn't have.
Because we couldn't get him to cross into New York, he couldn't be arrested.There is little uniformity across the country in regards to this issue, from what constitutes an offense to the amount of time someone will serve.Hopefully in the future Massachusetts will strengthen their laws and make it so the act of conversing sexually with a minor is prosecuted in a manner consistent with most of the rest of the country.Since he didn't offer or want to take the decoy across state lines into Massachusetts, he couldn't be arrested.Had Rozmiarek been in most other states, he could have been arrested.We contacted the Beverly Police Department in Massachusetts and gave them our evidence so they could launch whatever investigation they felt appropriate.