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i know. it's jail bait. >> jail bait. >> and jail is exactly where he's going. coast-to-coast, "dateline" launches more undercover stings. >> hands behind your back. >> more than 80 suspected predators caught by our cameras and by police. >> you know who i am. >> you're on the "dateline" show. >> they still come knocking. >> you say to her, i can't control my horny level. you're talking about taking her virginity. >> tonight three military men are at the door. >> what's really sad is this can cost you your military career. >> i know that's true. >> beware of our man behind that
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curtain. >> chris hansen with a hidden camera investigation. >> i believe we would have had some young child sexually abused. no doubt in my mind. >> a "dateline" crime, "to catch a predator." >> i'm stone phillips. >> i'm ann curry. in community after community, children are in trouble from men. >> among those caught on tape, three military men. two served in iraq. could they now be served time in prison? chris hansen has our latest investigation. again, we want to warn you, it is explicit. >> she said she was 13. >> she did. i told you, sir, i have an interest in younger girls. that is just a fantasy of mine. >> a fantasy. do you know it violates georgia law. >> yes, sir. >> are you going to arrest me or what?
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>> get on the ground. on the ground, now. >> a chance they will be apprehended. >> am i being taped? >> you are being taped. >> and know all about "dateline's" previous reports on internet sex predators. >> i just wanted to test it. that's all. >> they are still showing up at a house where they are told a woman is home alone. the number of men who wind up at the door at each undercover operation is alarming. like our sixth investigation. this time in harris county, georgia. we've rigged it with 12 hidden cameras, five inside, seven outside. from a control room, who operates the cameras and records a man's every move from the moment he drives up to the house. we've hired a young looking 19-year-old to play the part of a young girl. a decoy who will invite the men in.
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>> hey, come on in. >> this is 24-year-old raymondo. he thinks he's going to meet a 14-year-old girl. he just met her in a chatroom. >> i made sweet tea for you. it's super good. that's what we do down south. >> to give you an idea of why i might be here, see what he said online. he asks a decoy if she's good at oral sex. nobody ever complained. then he asks if he shows a picture of his pen us, would she give him oral sex. the decoy says oh, yeah. sure enough, he sends her a picture of his genitals. >> >> how you doing? why don't you have a seat right over there? what are you doing here?
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>> we were talking online. i just wanted to come and meet her. >> who were you talking online with? >> that young lady there, sir. >> the young lady? >> yes, sir. >> he wants the decoy to meet her at the car. >> he was really talking online with a different decoy, a member of the online watch dog group, perverted justice, which "dateline" hired them to do what they normally do, set up profiles, and pretend to be young teens interested in sex. sometimes, as in the case of true sweet guy 69, the decoy says she is sexually experienced. >> how old is that young lady? >> she said she was 14, sir. >> 14. and how old are you? >> 24, sir. >> 24? >> yes. >> you thought that was appropriate, why? >> well, i don't know, sir. i mean, i just thought it was all right. >> then i asked him about the picture of his genitals he sent to the girl posing as a young teen. >> now, when you were online. >> uh-huh. >> you sent this picture. >> yes, sir.
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>> you did? >> i'm not going to deny that. >> you know that's against the law, right? >> yes, sir, it is. you just get into these chat rooms and stuff and chat away. >> do you send pictures like that very often? >> no. just only if i'm really serious about talking to somebody or something. other than that, no. >> ray, what do you think would have happened if i wasn't here and a 14-year-old girl was here home alone? >> well, whatever was going to happen was going to happen. if nothing wasn't going to happen, then hey. >> if she was willing to have sex with you, you would have had sex with her? >> i would still have second thoughts. >> second thoughts? >> yes, sir. but -- yeah, i've seen the show about three times on tv. >> you've seen this show? >> yes, sir. >> you know exactly what's going on here? >> yeah. >> you know who i am? >> yes. >> you heard right. this man's aware of our previous investigations. >> you're on the "dateline" show. >> exactly. >> i know who you are. >> i'm chris hansen. >> there you go, yeah. >> did you think at all maybe you were walking into "to catch
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a predator"? >> that kind of crossed my mind for a minute. for a minute. then i wiped it away. >> you wiped it away. did you think it was a good show? >> yes. it was supposed to stop people and things like that. you know? >> this is the part i usually say i'm chris hansen with "dateline nbc." >> yeah, yeah. >> you remember that part? >> yes. >> you remember when these guys come out, the cameras come out. i say, if there's anything else you'd like to tell us, we'd like to hear it. >> no, that's it. >> otherwise, you're free to walk out the door. >> like the other men he's seen in our reports, true sweet guy 69 probably knows he's about to face yet another confrontation. >> get on the ground. get on the ground now. on your face. get down. >> perverted justice has been second all the sexually explicit online chat logs between its decoys and the potential predators to the harris county sheriff's department. >> here's the updated logs. >> in georgia it's a crime to
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attempt to solicit sex online with a minor. law enforcement says showing up at this house makes a case even stronger. true sweet guy 69 is arrested. put in an unmarked car and taken in for questioning. >> i'm just choosing my right to remain silent. >> okay. >> after that he's transported to the county jail where he's fingerprinted, photographed -- >> to the left. >> and locked up. the next day, he goes before a judge and his bail is set. >> the criminal attempt child molestation is 15,000. >> as you'll see, there are many more men about to go down the same road, from our undercover house to the courthouse and all the stops in between. coming up, we've never seen this. a suspect with something very specific in mind. >> if this is the fetish guy with the boots. he talked about taking her out and buying her some boots.
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what's up with that? >> when "to catch a predator" continues.
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you're going to push that open and holler out. >> we've hired this young-looking 19-year-old named amanda to play the part of an underage girl home alone. >> you come around here. >> she gets into position. standing by the front door as a potential predator shows up at our undercover house. >> come on in. i'm finishing up getting out of the shower. >> 37-year-old todd west has no problem following our decoy right into the house. he's here to meet a girl who online told him she was a 14-year-old virgin. using a screen name we can't show on tv, he chats on and off with the decoy named mystic roses for a week. then he decides to turn on his webcam and send the girl a live picture of his penis. >> come on in. >> after they set up a plan for him to come over, the decoy asks if he'll bring condoms and jack
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daniels. so did he? >> did you bring the jack daniels? >> yep. >> you did? >> uh-huh. >> yeah! did you pick up the condoms? >> uh-huh. >> he seems at ease with her. even though he's in a strange use talking to someone he's never met in person before. >> do you have any special ideas for tonight or anything -- >> nothing special. >> what are some of your ideas? >> ah, i don't know. you tell me. >> more about him, a little later. this next man heading into a house made a stop at a gas station down the road. as you can see from this security camera video, he bought condoms before coming over to meet a girl he thinks is a 13-year-old virgin. >> come on in. i'm just finishing getting ready. >> you didn't have to take a shower. >> well -- >> he's 37-year-old william, a service tech for coin operated machines. also known as baron, he's talking to a decoy named sassy
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little lady. he tells the girl, you know that i really want to make love to you. i want to hold you close to me. the decoy says, i want that, too. later, using a different screen name, wolf night 30, he says he's worried because of the "dateline" shows of late. the decoy responding like a 13-year-old said, what's "dateline"? she pretends not to know about the show to see if a man apparently aware of our investigation would still take the risk and show up. he explains to her, it's a show on nbc. they have been doing a lot of shows about internet predators. but that isn't enough to scare him away. >> come on in. give me like five minutes to get ready. there's sweet tea if you want it. you don't have to drink it if you don't want to. >> i can't go to your room with you? >> that will ruin the surprise. >> actually, i'd rather for you to come -- oops, sir, i need to talk to you a minute.
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>> nope. >> i don't get the chance to speak with him or todd west, the first man in the door. the team from the harris county sheriff's office will. >> get on the ground. get on the ground, now. hands behind your back. get on the ground now. >> after he's read his rights, 37-year-old west chooses to remain silent. >> can i have a lawyer present? >> yeah, sure. >> this is being recorded? >> yeah. >> but bearin wolves fur talks at length with chief wade and investigator tony knox. >> who were you here to meet? >> brooke. her name was brooke. >> how old was brooke. >> brooke said she was 13. was my intention to have sex with her? no. >> did you stop down here at the chevron gas station to purchase condoms. >> yes. my intentions were -- she asked know bring condoms. i had the condoms in case. my intentions were not to have sex. >> you only buy condoms for one thing. >> to have sex, i know. that's why i'm being charged
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with being a pedophile. >> he's not being charged as a pedophile. that would be sex with a much younger child. instead, he'll face criminal attempt to commit child molestation. i think you think me and corporal think you're going to have sex not consenting. we know that's not it at all. we know good and well you would have forced yourself on brooke. >> my intentions was not to have sex but if the opportunity was there, then yes. but my intentions were not to go that route. that's the reason i feel like i'm being tricked. >> after the interview, raul is taken to the harris county jail. >> this is the fetish guy with the boots. >> meanwhile, back at the house, amanda, our decoy is in place, ready to invite our next guest inside. >> amanda, this guy should be bringing riding boots for you to wear.
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>> using the screen name gerald white 30627, this 31-year-old starts chatting with a girl posing as a 15-year-old. he asks the decoy if she wears boots. the girl responds, i wish i had tall ones. then gerald white 30627 says, perhaps we can go boot shopping. the decoy types, wow, for like the big ones? >> then he cuts to the chase. he says, i'm not going to avoid the subject. i would like to make love to you after we are done boot shopping. i have a serious fetish for boots. gerald white later tells the decoy he's going to bring her a pair of boots. as he comes in the house he's not carrying any. >> come on in. i made some sweet tea. >> good. >> i have to get these clothes out so they don't wrinkle. did you bring the riding boots? >> yes. >> all right. >> they're out in the car. >> i can't wait to get my own pair. >> have a little shopping day planned this afternoon? >> yep.
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>> yeah? and who are you taking shopping today? >> natasha. >> natasha? >> yes. >> how did you meet natasha? >> i met her online. >> online? >> yes. >> how old do you think natasha is. >> i have no idea. >> you have no idea? >> we never discussed that. >> you never discussed it. to refresh his memory, i read to him from his chat log. i'm 15. >> you don't have to go any further. i understand. >> you talk about taking her out and buying her some boots. >> yeah. >> what's up with that? >> just shopping. period. that's it. >> shopping. you just found a 15-year-old girl online, decided you're going to buy her a pair of leather boots that you want her to wear 24 hours a day, you say right here. what was your plan here today? >> no plan whatsoever. >> no plan whatsoever. >> just come to talk and everything. obviously --
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>> as the 31-year-old heads for the door, law enforcement moves into place. ready to take the man down as soon as he walks outside. >> get on the ground, now. get down! >> no! >> police arrest him and lead him away, clearing the front of the house so more suspects are free to come in. coming up, the air force, the army, the national guard. three military men come knocking at the door. >> married looking for fun. that's you, right? >> and a confrontation brings one of them to his knees when "to catch a predator" continues.
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welcome back into our sixth investigation into online sex predators. this time we're in harris county, a rural part of georgia. sad to say among the surprises at the door are three military men. one formerly in the air force and two others who recently served in iraq. now they're under arrest and in the interrogation room with police. again, chris hansen. >> there he is. he's coming in. >> whether near a big city or a rural area like harris county,
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georgia, lines of potential predators find their way to our undercover houses. meet 24-year-old brian lindsey, here because he was invited by a girl who said online she was 15. >> i've got to throw some clothes in the wash, okay? i made you some tea. >> using the screen name blindsey01 he describes how he wants to give the girl oral sex. he says, i can't control my horny level. then he says, i want to blank your brains out. i can't help it. now he's driven 2 1/2 hours to meet her. >> have some tea if you want some. it's sweet tea. is that okay? >> i drank something on the way. >> did you find the place okay? >> yes, sir. >> why don't you have a seat over there, please. what are you up to tonight? >> just driving around. >> just driving around? >> yes, sir. >> why is he just driving around? he says he's been away from georgia for two years, while serving in the united states air force and he wanted to learn his way around again. how is that lesson going for you
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tonight so far? >> not too good. >> then he comes up with a completely different excuse. >> what made you drive into this driveway and walk into this house? >> just asking for directions like -- >> you're lost? >> yes, sir. >> he drops that story as soon as i read to him from his chat log. >> i take it you're a virgin. >> no, sir. >> not you. i'm reading from the conversation between you and natasha. you say to her, i take it you're a virgin. she says, no, but i'm no ho. you talk about oral sex in great detail. how you like to do it. >> honestly my intention was not to do anything like that. because, i know, it's jail bait. >> jail bait? >> a 24-year-old with a 15-year-old. that's jail bait. however, i do believe you can be friends with a 15-year-old, maybe go out and go bowling or something like that. >> that's not what you talk about here. you don't talk about going out bowling or hanging out or mentoring this 15-year-old girl.
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you talk about having sex with her. in great detail. >> i will get on there and i will speak inappropriate. sometimes people will just talk about that. >> if you were here right now and wanted to, i would not deny you. i want to, blank, your brains out. i can't help it. >> there is -- >> is there any other meaning for that? >> there's a difference of wanting to and actually doing it. >> it sounds like you sure wanted to based upon this. i can't control my horny level. you say during the conversation you masturbated twice and it hasn't helped. >> and i was lying. >> you're lying then or lying now? >> i was lying then. granted, this is my fault. did i actually fall into a trap? >> i'll tell you exactly what happened. i'm chris hansen with "dateline nbc." we're doing a story on adults who try to meet teens on the internet. and then try to meet them. >> yes, sir. >> now, everything you just said has been recorded with our hidden cameras, from the moment
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you pulled into the driveway. >> all i explained was, i didn't come here with the intention of having sex, i came with the intention of hanging out. talk a little bit, maybe go bowling or shoot pool or something. >> what should happen to you? >> well, honestly, with this, i think i should just be -- just go home. >> like nothing ever happened? >> no, sir. go home, just take it as a lesson learned, not to do it again. >> no such luck. like all the other men who show up at this house, he gets arrested. while this former military man talked even after he knew he was being recorded, the next man currently a soldier, doesn't stay long enough to find out he's on national television. >> i just have to put this in the washer. come on in. >> okay. >> he's 27-year-old marshall gurtman, a first lieutenant in the national guard who served a year in iraq. he's been chatting with a decoy posing as a 15-year-old, using
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the screen name high excitement, he sends the girl a link and asks her to view pornographic pictures. and asks her, what do you think? then asks, do you like it? later, he makes plans to come over and go skinny dipping. >> just have a seat. if i don't put this in right away it gets all wrinkled. you can just take a seat. i'll be right there. i hate laundry. >> as he's walking in, he seems to spot our crew. >> i'm leaving. >> and takes off. >> get on the ground! get on the ground, now! >> yes, sir. >> please do not move. >> while he never tells us his side of the story, later he speaks at length to investigators. >> you brought up the fact of going skinny dipping in the swimming pool with a 15-year-old girl. >> yes, sir. >> back at the house, here comes another soldier, an army staff sergeant who served a tour in iraq. 33-year-old rolando restocruz. >> come on in. >> online he calls himself
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married and looking for fun 31313. he's been chatting for three weeks with bed head red, a decoy who told him she was a 14-year-old virgin. he tells the girl when he first gets to her house, they can take a shower together. i will undress you and you will undress me, okay? the decoy says, okay. then he says i will have to get lubricant, too. for a virgin to have sex, it hurts. it's better if i put extra lubricant. he promises to bring her beer, a webcam and sexy lingerie. as he walks into the house, he doesn't appear to be carrying any presents. could they be in his truck? more on that, later. >> i made some sweet tea. it's on the table. i just have to put the stuff in the washer real quick. >> a little iced tea? >> how are you, sir? >> have a seat. what are you doing here today? >> sir, i wasn't -- i wasn't going to do anything, i swear. >> you weren't going to do anything? >> no, no. >> who were you here to see? >> i was going to meet her. >> meet who?
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>> your daughter. >> my daughter? >> yes. >> what makes you think it's my daughter? he never answers that question. instead, he says -- >> i don't want you to destroy my life. >> you made the decision to walk in here. >> i know, sir, but i wasn't going to do anything, i swear. >> that's not what it sounds like in this chat log. >> yes, i was just fooling around, sir. >> damn, you're very sexy. do you have a boyfriend? >> i know, sir, sorry. sorry. please. >> have you ever been with an old guy before? i need you to stay in the chair, please. sit down, please. >> please, sir. >> he refuses to sit in the chair. certain we have the right man, i ask him about the chat log, married looking for fun. that's you, right? >> yes, sir. >> for a virgin to have sex, it hurts so it's better if i put extra lubricant. >> i wasn't going to, i swear. >> that's not consistent with what's here, page after page
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after page. >> i was going -- >> you were going to tell her what? all this sex talk was play? >> i wasn't going to do it. i have a daughter. she's my stepdaughter. >> how old is she? >> 17. >> what do you think your stepdaughter would think about this? >> she will kill me. >> your ex-wife, what will she think about this? >> she will kill me, too. >> while on his knees, the 33-year-old appears to try to bargain with us. >> i will never do it again, never. i swear. just don't destroy my career. i will get counseling, i swear. >> counseling? >> yes. >> do you often chat with teenage girls on the internet? >> no. this is the first time. >> why enter into this discussion with somebody who says they're 14? >> please, sir, please. >> on his knees he seems a sad character. this is the same man who chatted online for more than three weeks, typing well over 50 pages of chat log, saying things to a girl he thought was 14 like, remember, sex is a little nasty. i don't want your dad to find stuff in his bed.
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>> rolando, what should happen to you? >> i don't know. oh, my god. >> don't you see something wrong with a grown adult, a sergeant in the army, coming over to meet a 14-year-old girl? >> i will get counseling, sir, i swear. >> why should i believe that? >> i promise you. with my life. >> but what happens to him legally is not up to me. his sexual online chat with someone he thought was 14 is enough to get him charged with a felony. did you ever watch television? >> yes, sir. >> did you ever watch "dateline nbc"? >> yes. with the cops and everything, i know. >> you ever see the "to catch a predator" show? >> yes. i'm not a predator, sir. i swear. >> i'm chris hansen with "dateline nbc." we're doing a story. >> oh, my god. >> if there's anything else you'd like to say, otherwise you're free to walk right out of this house. >> sir, please. can i go? >> yes, absolutely. >> the soldier is free to leave but remains kneeling, perhaps because he knows what will
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happen next. eventually he gets up and with his head hanging low, heads for the front door. but he's not on his feet for long. >> get down, all the way down. >> down, down, down. >> the tears keep flowing as the police arrest him. but his sob story may seem less convincing once we show you what the police find in his truck. gifts he brought for a 14-year-old. >> astroglide, is that a sexual lubricant? >> yes, sir. >> you brought that with you? >> yes, sir. >> how about panties and a camisole? >> yes, sir. >> what about the other soldier who served time in iraq? things get tough for him inside the interrogation room. >> you provided a 15-year-old child with a pornographic website. >> this could cost you a military career. >> when "to catch a predator" continues.
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i'm chief wayward. harris county sheriff's department. your name is rolando restocruz? >> yes, sir. >> rolando is the 33-year-old staff sergeant who kneeled in the kitchen and told a sob story. if he never intended to do anything wrong, how would he explain what investigators find in his truck? >> is all this stuff in the vehicle? >> yes. >> how about trojan, is that trojan condoms? >> yes, sir. >> you brought condoms with you? >> yes, sir.
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>> how about astroglide, is that some kind of sexual lubricant? >> yes. >> you brought that with you. how about panties and a camisole and the webcam? did you buy the webcam? >> yes, sir. >> why did you bring it with you? >> i promised her i was going to give her one. >> it was all there in the chat logs that perverted justice provided to law enforcement. remember, his screen name is married and looking for fun, 31313. >> does the screen name bed head red 14 ring a bell with you? >> that's whitney. >> and whitney you believe to be a 14-year-old girl, is that correct? >> yes, sir. >> yesterday, around 6:56, you told her after a chat, i want you on my chest after we do it all night sleeping together. is that you? you say, i love you, baby. you say, i want to be your loving husband forever. you're nodding your head yes? down further, married and looking for fun says, we will
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have to hide your real age. you remember typing that? you're nodding your head yes. okay. >> he doesn't deny a thing. investigators complete the interrogation and the soldier is taken to the county jail. >> look to your left for me. >> where officers take his mug shot, fingerprints. and place him in a cell. two days later -- >> rolando restocruz. >> he goes before a judge. >> mr. restocruz, you're charged with criminal attempt child molestation, it's a felony, carries a penalty of 1 to 20 years. >> and bail is set. >> all right. on the criminal attempt child molestation i'll set a $15,000 bond. >> he wasn't the only military man caught in our sting but this other soldier's memory isn't as clear. remember first lieutenant marshall gurtman made plans to meet a girl he thought was 15. >> honestly, i -- i couldn't remember her age. she only told me that one time. i knew she was probably underage by the way we were talking. bad judgment call and bad judgment call to keep talking to her.
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>> first lieutenants don't make bad judgment calls. not always. >> not always. >> he insists he had no plans for sex with the young teen. >> honestly, no, i would never let myself do that. >> you let yourself internet chat with a 15-year-old. >> yes, sir, i know. >> you let yourself come over to a house where there was only a 15-year-old in it. >> yes, sir, i know. >> you expect me to believe you didn't expect to get laid while you were here? >> sir, no, i don't expect you to believe it, no. knowing myself, no, i wouldn't let it go that far. >> he did allow himself to send a girl he thought was underage a link to a pornographic website. >> you provided a 15-year-old child with a pornographic website she could go to? >> yes, sir. >> why would you do that? >> i don't really have a good explanation of why. >> what's really sad, marshall, this could cost you a military career. >> i know that, sir. >> he's taken away and processed like all the other men caught in
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our investigation. a total of 20 men showed up at our house in fortson, georgia. all 20 were arrested and booked by harris county sheriff, mike jolly, and his team. >> what do you think would have happened had there in fact been a young teenager home alone and had "dateline" and the harris county sheriff's department not been there? >> i believe we would have had some young child sexually abused. no doubt in my mind. >> and there are other adults seemingly on the prowl for sex with a minor. this man shows up in his big rig. >> oh, you made it! hold on just a second. >> this one, a director at a computer software company is playing hooky from work so he can meet a 13-year-old home alone. >> sit down. make yourself at home. >> thank you. >> i'm just getting these out so they don't get wrinkled. >> all right. >> he seems so friendly and polite. the manager at a software company but his online chat tells a different story.
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>> you know, sex with a minor is called rape. >> right. i understand. fmf]n]
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all right, amanda, a tractor-trailer coming down the road. get ready. >> you can probably guess what this next suspected sex predator does for a living. >> let him turn off the engine. he won't be able to hear anything until he cuts the engine. let's let him get down. >> he's a 41-year-old truck driver from fayetteville, georgia. joseph myreck.
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he thinks a 15-year-old girl is inside ready to have sex with him. >> oh, you made it. come on in. just get something laundry out. >> his screen name is too graphic to use. he says, when it comes to sex, is there any position you like best? the person pretending to be the 15-year-old says, i only did the one. he says, we'll try others. when the decoy said it's awesome he's bringing the big truck. he says, i don't want your mom finding out. because it would mess up a good thing. >> that's a big truck you got. how you drive that thing? >> it's like driving a car. >> i would love to go for a ride sometime. >> i'd love taking you. >> where exactly were you going to take her in that truck of yours? >> i was going to see certain places. >> like where? >> she just wanted to go for a ride. i'll take her for a ride. i didn't mean no harm or try to do nothing i shouldn't be doing. not trying to be no idiot or pervert.
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>> that's what he says now. what about what he said to her online? you say, i do think you're damn sexy and was wanting to know if you ever had sex? >> oh, did i? >> yes, you did. i have it all right here. you might as well just tell me right now. >> i ain't disputing it. >> i think you probably have a very nice as as well. >> that was part of the conversation. there's no excuse for it. that was part of the conversation. it was totally wrong. >> you say i'll be your bear. bears like tasting honey. >> when you read it back to me right there, and i realize what i said and all, you're right. >> what do you think would have happened if i wasn't here and in fact a 15-year-old girl was here? >> i told myself, sit and talk to her. >> you said you were going to take her for a ride in the truck. >> if she wanted to go. >> how do you think the girl's father would feel if a 40-year-old man would take his 15-year-old girl for a ride in the truck? >> he would be upset. >> and he'd be justified? >> oh, he would. >> do you own that rig yourself? >> no, sir. >> you work for a company that owns the rig? >> yes. >> how do you think they would
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take to the fact you're out driving that rig around going to meet a 15-year-old girl? >> they was looking -- it's a bad note. like the way it actually looked. >> you know it was wrong. >> it was foolish. >> it was foolish? >> it was the wrong thing to do and it won't happen again. i know you've got a job to do. i see it all the time. i know you're out there. >> you see what all the time? >> on news reports. >> you've seen stories on television news about guys coming to meet underage kids. >> yes, sir. >> i'm chris hansen with "dateline nbc." we're doing a story on adults who try to meet young teens on the internet. if there's anything else you'd like to tell us, we're happy to hear it. if not, you can walk out the door you came in. >> i just told myself i wanted to talk to her, stay away from the sexual overtones. >> the 41-year-old leaves the house. and you know what happens next. >> get on the ground. now. all the way down. all the way down. >> yes, sir. >> turns out this isn't myreck's first time in handcuffs.
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>> get there. >> this individual, joseph, he had 11 prior arrests. >> 11 prior arrests? >> 11 prior arrests. it could range from possession of drugs to simple battery, to theft. a pretty good record we have on him. started as early as 1983. >> he was never convicted on the battery or theft charges but in the 1990s, he was convicted of six misdemeanors and one felony drug charge. after myreck's arrest, his truck is searched. >> cocaine. >> where detectives find cocaine. he's brought in for questioning where he appears to admit what he's done is wrong. >> do you have any kids? >> no, sir. i've got nieces and nephews. >> how would you feel if somebody did this to them? >> honest answer. >> honest answer. >> i would kill them. >> then the investigator asks myreck about his use of cocaine. >> i'll tell it like it is. both times when i talked to her, i was under the influence.
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>> he seems to blame the cocaine for his current predicament. he'll be charged with drug possession along with attempting to commit child molestation and obscene internet contact. >> i'm going to set the criminal attempt child molestation at 15,000, the possession of controlled substance, 5,000. >> that's going to be our 1:30. wow. he'd be way early if that's him. >> one thing that's disturbing about our investigations is that so many who show up look like nice guys, you'd never suspect of possibly attempting to molest a child, just like this man. >> open the front door, amanda. make sure he sees you're there. >> he's a 34-year-old man, a director of software development for a large computer company. he thinks he's here to meet a 13-year-old girl. >> hey! come on in. how are you? come on. just fine. how are you? conon. i'm just finishing up laundry. >> take your time.
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>> i made sweet tea if you want to pour a glass. >> his screen name is raj21us21. while chatting online with a decoy pretending to be 13, he asks, hon, would you like to take me in your mouth? the girl says, i'm not sure how. so raj 21us21 says we'll learn as we go along. then, just about when he's ready to sign off, he tells the decoy what they're doing is wrong. he says we have to be cautious. >> cautious, why? >> sex with minor is called rape. >> you don't want to have sex with me? >> i just want to make sure everything is okay. i don't want to see a cop waiting to see me there. >> he seems relieved when he sees our decoy and not a police officer. >> sit down. make yourself at home. i'm just getting these out so they don't get wrinkled. i don't want these to get wrinkled. >> you have a big afternoon planned? >> have a seat right there, please. >> what's going on? >> nothing much. i thought i'd make a friend and that's it. >> just to make a friend? >> yes.
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>> who is the friend you're here to see? >> some -- amy. >> amy. and how old is amy? >> she said she was 13. >> 13? >> yes. >> how old are you? >> 34. >> 34. and why did you think it was okay at the age of 34 to come visit a 13-year-old girl home alone? >> i said, for sex i am not coming. >> for sex you are not coming? >> yes. i just make a friend. i'm educated. i have an mba. >> you have an mba? >> yes. i'm married. the marriage is not going well. >> i'm sorry. you're married? >> yes, sir. >> the marriage is not going well? >> yes. i just wanted a friend to talk to, kind of. >> explain to me how difficulty in your marriage led you to this house where you believed a 13-year-old girl was home alone. >> she's good in studies. >> good in studies. >> i thought it was like a mature friend. >> a mature friend?
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>> yes. >> where were you when you were having this chat with this 13-year-old girl, amy? >> in my office. >> you were in your office. >> yes. >> does your boss know you're online chatting with 13-year-old girls? >> i'm sure they don't. >> what would his bosses think if they read a transcript of his pornographic online chat? you asks if she masturbates. >> right. >> you say i feel like kissing you now and suck on your blank and feel your tummy. >> yes. i realize it's not a good thing. not something i should do. >> why even come over here? >> just like working for one years, i just thought i would take a day off. >> you took a day off to come over here? >> yes. >> you told them you had something else to do? >> who? >> the people at your office. >> yes, yes. >> i love you so much. you talk about being cautious. she says, why? you say, you know, sex with a minor is called rape. >> right. i understand. >> you know the law. >> i understand the law.
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>> well, there's a couple things you need to know. i'm chris hansen with "dateline nbc" and we're doing a story on adults who meet teens online. since he's never seen one of our reports,he doesn't know that law enforcement is waiting outside to arrest him. >> get on the ground. on the ground, now. get down. >> when he's taken in for questioning,he asks to speak to a lawyer. >> i'm a foreign national. can i get an attorney or something? >> all right. >> what happens next? >> now you go to jail. >> once at the jailhouse he's fingerprinted and photographed. >> my wife and kids -- you can call and let them know? >> i'll get back with you on that in just a little bit. >> and put behind bars awaiting a hearing. >> you're charged with criminal attempt child molestation. that's a felony. carries a penalty of 1 to 20 years. >> how will he and all the others explain how they ended up caught in this investigation?
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good afternoon. i'm judge webb, the harris county magistrate court. >> the undercover operation in fortson, georgia is over.
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the last of the suspects caught in our sting are appearing before a local judge. >> i'm not here to determine if you're guilty or innocent. >> for most of the men the judge sets a bond of $40,000, restricts their use of a computer and interactions with minors, including their own children. >> you're not to have any unsupervised contact with your children. do they live with you full time? >> yes, ma'am. >> all right. as a condition of your bond, i'm going to permit the contact but it needs to be supervised. >> that was july 2006. a few months later, only two suspects remained in jail unable to make bond. george cleary and william raul. just about all the men who showed up at our sting house said they weren't going to do anything illegal. this man tries to argue his case at his bond hearing. >> i don't know for sure. i hear a little bit of talk about this girl. she's an actor. she's 20 years old, actually. >> the judge explains that this
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is not the time to submit a defense. that will be at a later hearing. and as for what excuses the other suspected sex predators might come up with, here's a reminder of what they told us. >> have you ever done this before? >> no. i've never done it before. >> first time i done this right here. >> first time? >> yes, sir. >> i swear to you, sir, i've never done this before. >> have you ever chatted with an underage girl online? >> she's the first one i talked to? >> very first one? >> yes, sir. honest to god. >> you know how many times i hear that. >> you hear it all the time. >> you think everybody could be telling me the truth? >> oh, no, i'm sure they're not. >> while many said it was their first time, a lot of them came prepared for the possibility of sex. >> did you bring condoms with you tonight? >> i keep some in my jeep. >> what about condoms? >> yes, sir. i have them. >> did you bring condoms? >> yes. >> i keep condoms in the truck. >> i have condoms in my car. investigation, georgia's governor announced the state will triple the number of agents assigned to computer predator
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crimes. how do you and your family stay safe online? share your safety tips on our website at that's all for now. i'm stone phillips. for ann curry and all of us at nbc news, thanks for watching.


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