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To Catch A Predator -- Lights, Camera, Entrapment?

8/8/2007 5:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A high-powered celebrity lawyer representing a doctor accused of being a sexual predator went after "Dateline NBC" yesterday in a California courtroom.

Blair Berk, whose clients include Lindsay Lohan, Mel Gibson and Halle Berry, is currently representing Dr. Maurice Wolin, a prominent oncologist. The doctor was taken down by cops last year as "Dateline" cameras rolled. Prosecutors say Dr. Wolin made plans to have a sexual encounter with someone on the Internet who he thought was a 13-year-old girl. In fact, the person who was IMing Dr. Wolin was self-proclaimed "evil vigilante" Xavier Von Erck, founder of Perverted Justice.

In yesterday's preliminary hearing in Santa Rosa California, Berk grilled a cop whose department worked with Perverted Justice and "Dateline." Berk maintained that Perverted Justice got money for snagging alleged predators and therefore entrapped her client to make a buck. She claimed Perverted Justice illegally recorded conversations with her client and also said the chat logs could not be authenticated. The logs have not been admitted into evidence.

The cop who testified yesterday called the chat logs "extensive" and "extremely incriminating." In one exchange, the doctor allegedly asked to come over to her house, but added, "But you're under 18 and I'm over. We would have to be soo careful."

NBC rented the house that was used for the doctor's alleged sexual liaison.

Xavier Von Erck will testify when the prelim resumes next month. The judge will then decide whether to admit the critical logs into evidence and then determine if Dr. Wolin will stand trial.


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take 20 years and call me if you're not better!

2633 days ago

Miriam Shutes    

I believe Dateline is doing the right thing by catching these child predators at their games. After all, these sick perverts would not be involved in these IMs if they did not get some thrill out of it, nor would they agree to meet with a child if there weren't some ulterior motive. Thanks to Dateline for bringing these sickos to our attention... it only shows that they are being responsible for helping us to take care of our most prized possessions, our children!

2633 days ago


He is a pig and now he is mad because he got busted. Just thank God he was not a doctor for kids. You made the choice to go to the house what where you there for. Have a little respect for yourself and your family and get some help.

2633 days ago


i applaud dateline for doing this,,,perverts come in all sizes, shapes and professions,,,,if your not online trying to have sex with a minor, than you have nothing to worry about,,,,the pervert crossed the line, once he went on the site to find a minor for this purpose,,,,it doesn't matter that it is a decoy,,,the pervert didn't know that,,,his intentions were in the toilet,,,,i hope they all get prison time,,to the fullest extent of the law,,,,if they had the chance, an innocent child would be put in harms way,,,,parents,,,watch your children and be aware of what they are doing on the computer,,,,thank you dateline...

2633 days ago


A lot of you must not understand the laws of our country...first off, this man has not yet committed any crime, they have no proof that was him in those internet conversations, and he didn't sexually molest anyone. This is entrapment and a really sleazy way of doing it. Parents should monitor their children more and see exactly what they are doing on the internet,and supervise them more...know your rights

2633 days ago


Sadly he won't rot in jail as the sentencing is a joke. My friend's ex husband admited molesting both his children starting when the eldest was 3 and he got 7 years. They couldn't charge him with the little one as he couldn't yet talk. These people will continue to prey on kids if we continue making if easy for them to do so. I say life sentence for anyone who messes with babies.

2633 days ago

proud mary    

The facts are the facts. Chat w/ a teenager on line about sex, make plans to go to her home-for sex, show up at her home for sex, get busted on national tv. Sucks to be you doc.

2633 days ago

Mrs Fish    

Sexual predator and pervert. He thought she was 13 and he went to a house to molest her. I am sure that he has met other "girls" online. He is a liar and a cheat. I feel sorry for his wife. Dateline has a great show!!!!!!! Chris Hansen is great too. Anyone who would defend a child molester is sick. Long live this show. Keep the idiots trailing into the house hoping for some young girls/boys, and watch them cry and beg on the way out. It is time that society rids itself of these sickos. Lock up the perverted "dr" and throw away the key. Let him find some new sexual adventures in prison.

2633 days ago

Mother of Four    

I have watched this show with my daughters to show her how perverted these animals can be and what tactics they use while chatting online. I have no problems with the show and do not think they have crossed the line. The police DO NOT have the abilities or manpower to go after these pigs who are already breaking the law by soliciting girls under the age of 18 and showing them pictures of themselves. This show gets the evidence on camera along with the emails and pictures and allows the police to get perverts before their rapes are carried out. What is wrong with this? NOTHING.
This is the second story I have read about people trying to get this show in trouble. Wasn't there a police man in Texas who shot himself after being filmed? The family tried to say they lured him there and that the show was responsibile? That's a shame. Instead of the family acknowledging that their son/husband/uncle/cousin is a pig who belongs in jail. As for this current pig who happens to be a doctor....who cares who he is and which lawyer he hires. I think it is a shame that this supposed excellent lawyer would even represent this pig. It is time that the people in this country begin treating these pigs like the animals they are. They are untreatable, cannot be rehabbed, and will offend again. They do not fit into a safe society. They belong in jail or on death row.

2633 days ago


The Dateline series just shows everyone needs to be very aware, and suspicious if need be, of anyone or anything that seems the least "hinky". From teachers, scout leaders, couches, relatives even as close as a close family member, and yes your clergy, you must be very aware and think only long enough to be more sure than not, call the authorities. I speak from some experience. And ladies, the perverted look for single women with male children who need a father figure. Be aware.

2633 days ago


What is wrong with lusting after a 13 year old girl? I know I did plenty of times. I was however 11,12,13, and 14 years old at the time. Anyone over the age of eighteen has no damn business trying to smooth talk or "chat up" a minor. This "Doctor" may have the money to beat the rap, but millions of people will know him for truly what he is. A chils molester. Oh, after I turned 15 I started lusting after older women.

2633 days ago


Dateline and Chris Hanson are a blessing to this country. I think it should be a weekly show. All the parties involved are guilty as charged. Even though both my daughters are grown and gone, I have nothing but praise for this show. Keep up the great work NBC and Perverted Justice.

2633 days ago


All pedophiles should be shot in the face and left in the desert to die.

2633 days ago


I wonder what these pervs would do if there was no internet? Would they be undercover (no pun intended) and over at the park or beach or junior high school?
Now they are being flushed out..good.

2633 days ago


Maybe parents should keep an eye on thier slutty daughters who entrap these men. And also none of these men have actually done annything other than chatting. Von Erck is a big fat slimeball who probably chats up preteens also.

2633 days ago
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