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Resource ID: #26683
Subject: Sex offenders
Source: WTSP-TV (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Date: Broadcast: 8/5/14, 8/7/14, 8/8/14, 8/13/14, 8/25/14, 10/3/14, 12/29/14; Web-exclusive: 3/14/14, 7/1/14.



WTSP's series investigating sex predator stings exposed how detectives were improperly entrapping men that posed little - or no - threat to society. They challenged authority, exposed wrongdoing, and prompted changes over the course of our two-year-long investigation. Even though NBC ended its run of “To Catch a Predator” stings years ago, similar operations continued in Florida well into 2014, thriving on federal grants and made-for-TV press conferences. Their nine stories showed how detectives had to start leaning on dishonest and unethical tactics to keep up their arrest totals.

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