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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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31.

LeeLoo    

FINALLY! I'm glad someone finally called this show out for entrapment.

1071 days ago
32.

Andre    

While I agree these guys are morally defunct (to say the least), this is still entrapment. Think about this: how did these guys get the address? The "13 year old girl" gave it to them! While you're so focused on what these guys would do, nobody's thinking about the 13yr old solicitor saying "Come on over! Let's have a few beers and a few laughs before the cops haul your ass to jail!" Hence the term "jail bait." No address, no crime.

1071 days ago
33.

Juicyfied    

No excuse.. You have no business entertaining advances from minors under any cir****tances.. These men are so sick !

1071 days ago
34.

Andre    

While I agree these guys are morally defunct (to say the least), this is still entrapment. Think about this: how did these guys get the address? The "13 year old girl" gave it to them! While you're so focused on what these guys would do, nobody's thinking about the 13yr old solicitor saying "Come on over! Let's have a few beers and a few laughs before the cops haul your ass to jail!" Hence the term "jail bait." No address, no crime.

1071 days ago
35.

KING OTHA    

THA AMERICAN JUSTICE SYSTEM...ITZ NOT WHAT U DID...BUT WHAT CAN BE PROVEN....O.J...CASEY ANTHONY...AND ON AND ON AND ON...NOW...ARE U STILL PROUD TO B AN AMERICAN?

1071 days ago
36.

Barb    

Static - The bottom line is that the prosecution couldn't prove that this man intended to have sex with the girl. It is entrapment because they based their case on the facts presented by that sleeze TV show, who tried to portray him as a pedofile. Legally, "The key to entrapment is whether the idea for the commission or encouragement of the criminal act originated with the police or government agents instead of with the "criminal." Clearly, the idea originated with the show.

1071 days ago
37.

Barb    

Matt - Amen!

1071 days ago
38.

lisa2    

TMZ how disgustingly irresponsible of you to point out that these men/women don't get convicted! Children are being molested, abused and yes PREYED UPON by predators.

This show highlights the fact that there are so many of them out their and to watch and guide your children well.

You do NO SERVICE to the public by discrediting the show or program with whom they collaborate.

Really a new low TMZ!

????makes you wonder about Harvey huh????

1071 days ago
39.

Jack    

bet the other pervs are beating themselves up for not going to trial. Now they have to register as sex offenders and their lives are basically over. Nobody wants them in their neighborhood, their families are probably destroyed.

1071 days ago
40.

janet    

Entrapment...maybe. The scary part is it's just that easy.

1071 days ago
41.

Jen    

13 years old is not a child. If there's grass on the field, it's ok to play ball!

1071 days ago
42.

Bellaca    

Wasn't the host caught cheating with a barely legal girl?


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1071 days ago
43.

Chris    

Sounds like the judge is a closet pedophile. Who else would sympathize with this trash?

1071 days ago
44.

Black Becky    

All of the people defending that pervert are pedophiles as well

1071 days ago
45.

Bellaca    

Entrapment or not, the fact that these girls write that they're 13, should be enough for these men to say no. They have no business hanging out with a 13-y-old. Who are they--Roman Polanski, R. Kelly?

Once the girl writes that she's 13, these men should end the conversation, regardless of what she says.

1071 days ago
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