When a suspected sex offender killed himself after being busted by the television network, his family went to court.
As moms, we're glad shows like Dateline NBC: To Catch a Predator exist. If the show even takes one sexual predator off the street and makes our kids safer, we're in favor of it.
But not everybody agrees...namely, the predators.
NBC Universal has settled a $105 million lawsuit brought by the sister of a man who took his life after being busted by the sex sting series Dateline NBC: To Catch a Predator. Patricia Conradt says her brother, Louis William Conradt Jr., 56, a Dallas prosecutor, shot himself after being exposed having sexually provocative online chats with a decoy posing as a 13-year-old boy in 2006.
Patricia Conradt's lawyer Bruce Baron said: "NBC was responsible for his death. They conducted their sting operation and intentionally and with negligence sensationalized the situation," Baron said. "It brought it to the point that he died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound."
In February, a federal judge said a jury might decide the network "crossed the line from responsible journalism to irresponsible and reckless intrusion into law enforcement."
"The matter has been amicably resolved to the satisfaction of both parties," said a statement released by both sides. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Do you think it's fair to publicly humiliate sex offenders, or do they get what they deserve?