A series of reports on how the local police in Murphy, Texas, collaborated in the sting operations of NBC’s “Dateline: To Catch a Predator” program
These three intriguing reports explore the intersection of media and justice. WFAA-TV’s investigative reporter Byron Harris and his team broke this story about how the Murphy, Texas, police department commingled law enforcement with television production for the NBC “Dateline” reality television series “To Catch a Predator.” The station started this series after a local Texas district attorney committed suicide. The investigation turned up problems of entrapment, police cooperation with the “Predator” crew in scouting locations of possible Internet sex predators, law enforcement professionals wearing television cameras for the “Predator” crew and many prosecutions stemming from the reality series that never resulted in convictions. This is an old-fashioned gum-shoe investigation in the era of Internet sex and realty television, conducted with restraint and methodical reporting.
Byron Harris, reporter; Mark Smith, producer; Kraig Kirchem, photographer and editor; Dave Arnold, additional photography; Michael Valentine, new director