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"To Catch A Predator"

Judge Dismisses Sex Case

Says Dateline Entrapped Sailor

8/16/2011 5:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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A sailor caught in the web of Dateline's "To Catch a Predator" was just acquitted of all charges, after the judge ruled NBC engaged in entrapment.

Joseph Roisman was prosecuted for lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor, after allegedly arranging a meeting with someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

Judge Arthur Wick in Sonoma County, California, threw the case out after the prosecution presented its case, ruling prosecutors failed to prove Roisman had an intent to have sex with the decoy.

Roisman's lawyer, L. Stephen Turer, lashed out at the tactics of the people responsible for "To Catch a Predator," saying "They took everything away from this kid just to make a TV show."

Turer added, "This case is the poster child for the abuse in this program."

There were 29 arrests as a result of the Dateline sting.  28 of the defendants pled guilty without going to trial.  This is the only case of the 29 that went to trial, and Dateline's tactics were squarely repudiated.

NBC could not be reached for comment.


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jason    

would buy the bs arguement from the judge if the guy didnt go to the house.

was he going there just to talk to her? (standard line of crap from these creeps)

1129 days ago
137.

Chloe    

This is how the U.S.'s court system works. If there is no or little reasonable evidence, the judge won't convict the person; simple as that.

1129 days ago
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Cheri Woods    

Finally JUSTICE PREVAILED! Shame on "wannabe undercover vice officer" Chris Hanson and his co-conspirators who ILLEGALLY ENTRAPPED hundreds of men by setting up sting operations throughout the U.S., and in the wake of it destroying people's lives and families, including one victim defendant who even committed suicide! I think all of the VICTIMS of Dateline's entrapment scheme should file a class action lawsuit. This is NOT a free country when you attempt to legislate MORALS. Maybe Chris Hanson and his co-conspirators should stick to journalism and do a story on that!
-Cheri Woods
Author, Death Row Madam

1125 days ago
139.

Lee90    

Jesus Christ, it shows pedophiles getting caught. This dip**** is just pissed he got caught in the act. He's perverted and he deserves the title and the felony.

1111 days ago
140.

Gene    

For all You idiots out there taking up for these poor pervs, Think about this, I*****rown man came to Your home to have sex with Your 13 year old daughter, Would that be ok with you?
Probably so ,Entrapment My ass. How about You sue??

1104 days ago
141.

kerrie1031    

ok here is the deal. why is it always men getting set up and getting charges. I am wanting to know why there is no females on the program and getting charges. beleive it or not there is really more females that wants to do lude sex acts then there is men.

1000 days ago
142.

ben    

there is a 28 year old guy who gos and chills in front of high schools and his girl friend gos to high school he hits on other high school girls i belive his gfs age is 15 his s/n is yankeesjohn118@g-mail.com/or aol.com and his name is john vaccaro he is on facebook as well

985 days ago
143.

Ray    

The Judge is an Idiot! However I put both my children on a browser that's proactive in preventing idiots like this. You all might way want to check out www.wutsgood.com, it's helpful

959 days ago
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tanfur    

I am dismayed by the number of people who think the judge should just ignore the law, and do what they want, to allow a conviction to stand that is legally flawed. If they don't like how that works, they should see about removing the concept of entrapment from the law. Lots of luck with that, and better hope you're never entrapped if you succede.

802 days ago
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