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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.

697 COMMENTS

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91.

Go with the Flow!    

You pervert, you will burn in hell but before that you will be your inmates bitch and
you deserve that. F R E A K !

2633 days ago
92.

Go with the Flow!    

You pervert, you will burn in hell but before that you will be your inmates bitch and
you deserve that. F R E A K !

2633 days ago
93.

chante    

Great job dateline/NBC, finally the predators become the prey, show us everynight who they are, I am all for it, set a trap and snare these animals!

2633 days ago
94.

one who has her head screwed on right...    

HOW CAN SOME OF YOU CALL THIS ENTRAPMENT???THESE SICKOS ARE TEMPTED, THEY HAVE THE CHOICE TO DO IT OR NOT, AND THEY DO. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS EVERYDAY TO OUR CHILDREN ON THE NET! ENTRAPMENT? PUHLEEEZE!!!

2633 days ago
95.

Blee BLah    

This guy should be tarred and feathered, and then thrown in a jail cell with a bunch of sex hungry rapists that would sodomize this guy to no end. Then he should be soaked in gasoline and burned alive.

2633 days ago
96.

I'm hungry    

Anyone who does this sort of thing should not just be put in jail, but also right into the GP(general population) with all the other prisoners, many of these lovely gentlemen have daughters in this age group and would love to have a nice chat with Dr. Wolin and his ilk. This would solve the problem about what to do with these perverts, and deny that shylock Blair Berk another paycheck for defending creatures such as this predator.

2633 days ago
97.

CaSandra    

From a mother that has a daugther, I agree with doing these type of stings. They are catching alot of men that are trying to get into the pants of children. Yeah some 13 year old's think they know what they are doing. But think about it when we were 13 we thought we knew everything. And these kids are getting themself into things they might not come out alive. Some of these perv's will kill, rape, mulest, and whetever else they want to do. PUT A ROPE AROUND ALL OF THERE NECKS AND HANG THEM FROM A TREE... They are sick people....

2633 days ago
98.

Tracee    

Dateline definitely does not cross the line with this series.. I wish they could do it everywhere all the time. All those sickos need to be in prison and I hope it costs the doctor all the money he has to pay for that lawyer too.

2633 days ago
99.

Bc    

win & lose at the same time?? docs family did.they get to rid themselves of himbut he will spend the families $ trying to get free.

2633 days ago
100.

emma    

Child predators are the worst kind of people that exist. Crime against children are unforgivable and should be punishable by locking this animals up for life or better yet castrate them! Dateline, and all law enforcement and any other groups out there should do whatever it takes to bring these animals out to the public and put them away forever! A child cannot defend themselves and are overpowered by these low lives! So these animals should not be able to defend themselves either!

2633 days ago
101.

weneedtostop.com    

I saw this one...the doc was crying. I wonder why he made TMZ.com, there were other memorable guys they caught also. They should follow up with the other guys also.

2633 days ago
102.

TJones    

If that had been a real 13-old-girl, and he hadn't gotten caught by Perverted Justice, he would have met and had sex with a child! That was this man's intention when he spoke with her on the computer and when he arranged to meet her. Because he is a "prominent oncologist" and has the money to hire a lawyer to represent him just makes him a RICH pervert. If he gets away with this, then the system has failed to protect our children. Its not entrapment...would you rather have had him caught in the act of having sex with a 13-year-old?

2633 days ago
103.

Greg    

I don't blame the lawyer. I blame the pervert. Money can always buy influence - lets see if the justice system can work this time. MJ and OJ free is bad enough.

Oh, and to those of you who say "catch people who do it against someone's will" - CHILDREN HAVE NO WILL. They cannot consent to sex, enter contracts, etc. When you are of age you are supposed to know BETTER. What is attractive about an underage child? NOTHING. Its the same thing as having sex with a person in a coma.

People who have sex with kids are just plain sex. Sex is supposed to physical and mental. Those who see it as just physical end up with goats, sheep, kids, etc. One person who was caught with a goat actually used as his defense that "it was a girl goat".

Even if he was "entrapped" he still showed up to have sex with a 13-14 yr old. Enough said - off to jail where he can explain to Bubba how unfair his life is.

2633 days ago
104.

Maddy    

Poor old doc was crying like a baby when he got caught with his pants almost down. What amazes me are those of you who think he did nothing wrong, can't prove it was really him, it was entrapment, etc. They all say it was the first time. These men prey on our children, folks. How can you defend them??

Most of them are being sentenced to upwards of six years in prison-hopefully in the general population.

2633 days ago
105.

AmyLynn    

Ooh...how gross! What the hell kind of rights are perverted child molesters entitled to have?!?! NONE! If you ask me, once a pedephile, always a pedephile and the only way to end this nonsense is to lock them up for life...put them all in the same facility and then they can take turns dressing up like little kids and they can assault each other...these people don't even deserve to live among normal human beings! I was being nice about locking them up for life, if it was up to me, the mother of a four year old girl, they would be hanged, publicly, then left there for everyone to see

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