“To Catch a Predator” host Chris Hansen has a warrant from Shiawassee County, Mich., out for his arrest, according to a report on Thursday.
A bench warrant has been issued because he fails to appear in court. Shiawassee County Prosecuting Attorney Scott Koerner confirmed it, NBC 25 News reports. Hansen is to present records regarding the Shiawassee County Sting Operation. He got involved with it in October 2020. It is part of a subpoena issued to him.
That sting operation led to the arrest of three people who allegedly were trying to meet up with underage girls at an Owosso, Mich., hotel.
Agencies involved in the sting operation included Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Office, Genesee County Sheriff’s GHOST Team, and surrounding police agencies. On the other hand, the “To Catch a Predator” host got an invitation to come along and join the operation by Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson, according to NBC 25 News.
‘To Catch a Predator’ Host’s Platform Used To Bring Awareness Of Sting Operation
At the time, Sheriff Swanson says, “We worked with Chris Hansen to use his platform to reignite the awareness and the enforcement of what’s happening here and to duplicate it around the nation.”
Information about the alleged suspects is sparse. Bits and pieces foune their way into the hands of those at the news outlet. One alleged suspect is a Michigan corrections officer, 32, from Elsie, Mich. In addition, another is an 18-year-old from Westphalia, Mich.; and a third is a 45-year-old HVAC worker from Corunna, Mich.
Moreover, Hansen himself has had his own legal issues in the past. In 2019, he was arrested for larceny in Stamford, Conn. That’s after two checks totaling almost $13,000 bounced. A TMZ story says he bought 355 mugs, 650 vinyl decals, and 288 T-shirts for marketing events.
Hansen Has Won Eight Emmy Awards, Numerous Honors For His Work
The “To Catch a Predator” host reportedly offered to pay the vendor in four payments. The owner said no. Hansen sent a number of emails asking for more time to pay, even saying he would sell personal property to cover the checks. Obviously, his second check bounced and Hansen turned himself into police.
Meanwhile, Hansen is 61 years old and has won eight Emmy Awards, four Edward R. Murrow Awards, the National Press Club award, and awards from the world’s two top news services, the Associated Press and United Press International.
“To Catch a Predator” used to run on MSNBC between 2004-07. In the show, Hansen confronts men on camera looking to meet underage girls. It originally was a segment of “Dateline NBC.”
Hansen joins NBC News in 1993 and was out in 2013. He has since started a show on YouTube in 2019 called “Have a Seat with Chris Hansen.”