Chris Hansen is once again asking alleged sexual predators to sit down and have a chat, this time for his new YouTube series Have a Seat with Chris Hansen. An investigative journalist perhaps best known for his work with Dateline NBC, Hansen served as the host of the popular To Catch a Predator shows. Working with law enforcement and volunteer groups, Hansen would set up "sting houses" where men would show up to meet with someone they allegedly believed to be a minor.
After To Catch a Predator came to an end, Hansen would later pursue alleged sexual predators by hosting the spinoff Hansen vs. Predator for Crime Watch Daily. Debuting in 2016, the show saw Hansen confronting the accused in sting houses once again, and videos of the segments have generated tens of millions of views on YouTube. When the series ended its run in 2018, Hansen would later continue his work by launching his own YouTube channel and podcast. Oddly enough, he has even teamed up with the Insane Clown Posse to expose an alleged predator in the music community.
Now, Hansen is carrying out stings once again, this time on YouTube on his Have a Seat with Chris Hansen channel. The first episode was just uploaded this week, documenting a collaboration with the Genesse and Shiawassee county Sheriff's office in Michigan. As a result of a one day operation by the GHOST team, a man named Tom showed up to a hotel room to meet with a girl who identified herself as a 15-year-old. Instead, he found Hansen, who treated him with the familiar line of questioning we've seen on To Catch a Predator. His arrest in the hotel room is also shown in the video.
At a press conference, Hansen had spoken about why it was so important for law enforcement to carry out these kinds of investigations. "Once again, as we've seen for some 16 years now, if there's opportunity, these predators will strike," Hansen explained. "It shows that no matter how much dialogue, or conversation, or awareness, these people are out there."
Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson also chatted with Hansen about the necessity of setting up sting operations, arguing that it's much more effective than waiting by for the emergency calls to come in.
"It's proactive. So many times, agencies get into the mindset of just answering 911 calls," Swanson says, adding that stings like this can serve as a great way to let potential predators know that there's always a "sheepdog" out there watching. "If people know that they could be caught, that's a great deterrent, and that's our goal."
Hansen also says that the one day sting brought about several other men to the hotel room, which even includes a corrections officer. More interviews with the alleged predators will be uploaded to Hansen's YouTube account in the weeks ahead. Additionally, Hansen also promises "more stings" to come in the future. You can watch Hansen's return to catching predators at the YouTube channel for Have a Seat with Chris Hansen.