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Only on... WAFF 48 News goes one-on-one with Chris Hansen

Only on WAFF 48 News...

He's a man who's made headlines and is bringing potential sexual predators to justice.

WAFF 48's Jeanie Powell went one-on-one with NBC's Chris Hansen of Dateline's To Catch a Predator.

She is doing something similar to bring awareness to the dangers of sexual offenders.

He has a journalistic attitude that many share, to create a public service, one of those is protect children.

Sometimes when you share stories such as Hansen does, you also open the door for parents to talk to their kids about the dangers that exist in our world, especially the dangers of the world wide web.

He's a familiar face that's put the dangers of online chatting in the national spotlight.

Three years ago Chris Hansen paired up with Perverted Justice, an organization that recruits volunteers to pose as underage children in chat rooms to weed out men and women sparking inappropriate conversation with minors.

Their stings are notorious for luring predators to their staged sites and that's when they're confronted and then apprehended.

Hansen tells Jeanie a fellow reporter in Detroit first told him about Perverted Justice.

"We started to think, if we could use Perverted Justice decoys posing as 12, 13, 14-year-old kids online in chat rooms and we could get a house that we could use our technology to wire with hidden cameras and hidden microphones and if these people came in and we could come face to face with them it might make for a pretty compelling story."

That story is still being told.

Hansen has brought more than 200 potential predators into the limelight.

Jeanie asked the correspondent, "Chris it always goes right back to the victim, because they are the whole reason you guys are becoming involved with this, with Perverted Justice. Just imagine, each time, do you imagine a little girl or a little boy on the other side of that computer?"

Hansen responds, "Well that's right. Kids are out there and the reality is that most kids don't ever think this could happen to them, most parents don't want to think it could happen to their kid, and that's why it's so critical that this discussion takes place between parents and their children about online safety."

The program has inspired other outlets to create awareness about sexual predators.

Jeanie tells Hansen, "Here at WAFF 48, we have our own segment, working with law enforcement and we go and profile sex offenders who are not abiding by the Community Notification Act, they're not registering like they're supposed to, they've fallen off the radar... How do you feel knowing that across the board this is creating a very big public service?"

Hansen responds, "Well, I think it's one of the things I'm most proud of and that is because of these stories there has been awareness that's been raised."  

You can catch Hansen in another investigation Wednesday night here on NBC at nine p.m.

 

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