Fed-Up Vigilante Parents Go After Pedophiles Themselves (VIDEO)

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pedophile chaseFrom a law enforcement perspective, I guess I can see how so-called vigilante justice could be considered problematic. But as a parent, the idea of a group of moms and dads/amateur sleuths posing online as underage girls and starting web chats with pedophiles in the hopes of catching them in their own trap? A group whose efforts have already led to the arrest of seven suspects?! I see no problem at all!

Think To Catch a Predator, except instead of Chris Hansen busting the alleged pedophiles, there's a bunch of pissed-off parents with a video camera. Which is scarier?

I'd say the parents, who go by the name Letzgo Hunting. As the organization's leader -- known only as Scumm Buster -- explains, "We want to protect children, we are parents ourselves and a couple of us have got children who are in their teens -- the same age as the girls we pretend to be."

You go, Scumm Buster!! A noble cause, indeed. Except local police insist the efforts of Letzgo Hunting could actually end up doing more harm than good, warning that such strategies "can compromise ongoing investigations and could spark an abuser to further harm a child or themselves."

A reasonable concern, but at this point, the police should really be thanking Letzgo Hunting for tricking potential sex criminals on video (which gets posted online and turned over to the police as evidence). Since the group formed in January, seven alleged pedophiles have been arrested and 35 suspects are "currently being monitored."

Not a bad track record. And perhaps equally important, Letzgo Hunting is helping to spread awareness and teach parents what to look for and how to keep their kids safe. Says Scumm Buster:

The thing that we've realized is that these people can be anybody -- with some of the videos we've handed to police they've come back and said, "This person doesn't fit the typical profile of a pedophile."

What's also scary is that we've had some men travel 40 or 50 miles to try and meet underage girls for sex. I really struggle to understand how their minds work, it's terrifying to think what could have happened if they'd been on their way to meet a real 15-year-old.

Luckily, they were on their way to meet some real parents simmering with real rage and disgust. (The video below shows a brief moment from one post-confrontation chase.)

Do you agree with what these vigilante parents are doing to catch suspected pedophiles?

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LostS... LostSoul88

Hell yes they are doing the right thing. Our "justice system" does nothing to protect our children against these pervs. 

Vegeta Vegeta

No. This is the same reason 'do catch a preditor' had to stop. It's called 'baiting' and a lot of times those people who wouldn't have acted on their sick thoughts are convinced by adults posing as kids in a chatroom, to come to their house. Sometimes they even taunt or dare these people for long periods of time until they do it. Then they're lives are ruined and they never actually commited a crime. Until there are thought police, this will remain wrong. If someone actually touched your kid then you can do what you want to them in my opinion (although the right thing would be to let the police handle it).

Serab... Serabelle

I think the police should utilize private citizens for things like this. They should have set ground rules of what they can say or do in order to catch people, and should follow the same rules as police. But, with all the cuts to police departments, having private citizens helping catch monsters could really help. Again, there should be strict rules surrounding the situation, maybe a training course for people interested in helping. I just think as a society we need to stand up for what's right more, not keep looking the other way.

Funny... FunnyKids

WOW !! @Vegeta your comment really scares me. Coming from a sensible law-abiding adult. A teenager could "taunt" and "dare" me (as you put it) until they were blue in the face and you wouldn't catch my a** doing anything except maybe calling the cops. I definately wouldn't be taunted or dared into trying to meet them. These sick freaks that meet these, people posing as teens online, are there for one reason and one reason only to molest/rape a minor child. And I, for one, am ALL for it. And your comment about the taunting and daring also doesn't hold up because I'm sure these emails and chats are turned over as evidence and they won't be charged if there is any question at all as to the online correspondence. The "to catch a preditor" show is very careful when getting the pedo just the same as I'm sure these people are, they even read the emails on the show to show that the person lying about who they are did not lead the conversation that way the pedos clearly do.

Funny... FunnyKids

At first I read the word vigilante and thought, oh-no, but after reading it it seems like all they do is gather evidence then turn it over to the police, and the pedos get arrested, it's a win-win, these people are doing what the police wish they had the funding, time, and jurisdiction to do. The police cannot do what we can do in the way of pretending to be a minor, online, to catch these freaks because of entrapment laws, so this is helping them catch the ones who are too "smart" to be caught otherwise. And I'm sure the only investigations it interferes with are ones where the admins on the chat/messaging pages caught on to the person and their account and correspondence is being monitored and the cops actually thought the vigilante was a child.

Vegeta Vegeta

Funnykids, you wouldn't fall for taunts and begging because your not sick and weak. Read my comment again. It doesn't pertain to normal people. And to catch a predator was cancelled because they used baiting to capture people who wouldn't have went to see a minor in the first place. They didn't follow the rules and they werent careful. And in no way is my comment scary, I didn't say I'm pro-diddler.

Vegeta Vegeta

Oh wait, unless your implying that you are sick in the head, and no amount of taunting would lead you to act on your thoughts. Sorry for automatically assuming you weren't and for misreading your response to my comment. My bad.

nonmember avatar IslandMomOf4

Vegeta, WTF would make you think a child could taunt an adult online to the point of doing heinous things to them?? That's some sketchy shit going on in YOUR brain right there! There's a fancy little power button on the majority of electronics and they could just turn it off. There's nobody holding them at gun point to meet these intended victims.

LostS... LostSoul88

Vegeta, sounds to me that you would rather protect the Perv over the children. I sure hope you don't have children.  You can't taunt someone enough to do something they don't want to do. If a perv wants to rape a child he will do it reguardless of what someone is telling him what to do or what not to do. You have a sick twisted brain.

Vegeta Vegeta

Island mom and lost sole, I never said a child taunted. Listen for one minute, on to catch a predator (the tv show) the adults posing as children used many tactics that would even go so far as harassment to bait people into comming over.

And you both so flagrantly skipped the part where I said I think you should be able to do whatever you want to people who touch you kids. And that I'm anti diddler. But that would imply a stir mom would have to pull her head out of her butt and digest a comment with her brain for once.

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