Chris Hansen, known for being the longtime host of “To Catch a Predator,” recently found himself in hot water with the courts.
TV host and podcaster Chris Hansen turned himself into the authorities after a Michigan judge put out a warrant for his arrest. Hansen was supposed to be in court to present video evidence in a sex trafficking case.
On Friday, the judge issued a bench warrant for the 61-year-old after failing to show up for a hearing at Shiawassee County jail in Corunna, MI the day before.
The former NBC host was set to testify about an October police sting operation that ultimately led to the arrest of three individuals. During the investigation, Hansen and his film crew worked alongside the investigators.
During the court date, Hansen was slated to present video evidence of the three men, one of whom was a state corrections officer. According to the Associated Press, the men are currently facing charges after trying to meet underage girls for sex.
The former “Dateline NBC” reporter also attended the press conference following the operation on Oct. 13. During the press conference, he also revealed that he interviewed the 32-year-old corrections officer.
“While I think nothing will ever shock me, here again is somebody who is a lawman, who is sworn to protect, whose job it is to monitor inmates in a state prison,” Hansen said. “It goes to show that these guys come from all walks of life.”
Chris Hansen Misses Court Appearance, Blames ‘Bad Timing’ and ‘Confusion’
After the investigation, one of the defendants requested all of Hansen’s video footage, hoping to find exculpatory information. However, Hansen and his team had just provided an edited video.
After failing to show up, Hansen’s lawyers are now saying his absence was due to bad timing and confusion.
“He wasn’t intending to not appear or to be somebody that was trying to circumvent the process. It was just an unfortunate set of circumstances that resulted in a failure to appear,” his lawyer Clint Perryman said.
After turning himself in to the authorities, they later released him that same day. He now has two weeks to release the full-length video footage to the defense team.
After the incident, Hansen took to Instagram to update his followers on the matter. “All matters in the Shiawassee Co predator case resolved! Justice marches on!” he wrote on Friday alongside a picture of the courthouse.
According to his attorney, Hansen has a home in Michigan but mostly lives in New York. He is most known for his stint as the host of the NBC show, wherein he would set up sexual predators and confront them.