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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

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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by many of your logic on here.if your wife wears a school girl outfit for role play that should mean you go to jail.i mean a school girl is a minor and you are having sex with your wife pretending she is young.

1163 days ago


are we going to see Chris Hanson ambushed on "To Catch a Cheater"
just askin'...............

1163 days ago

Black Becky    

I don't think that many people realize that these men are going to chat sites that are frequented by teenagers.

1163 days ago


Man, this is messed up. If the guy was innocent, he wouldn't be in this predicament. Shame on you, L.Stephen Turner. Go to hell.

1163 days ago

Lauren Howard    

Depravity is the oldest form of human entertainment. No matter how you spin this these men do show up to houses and i would guess that its pretty rare that these children are decoys. I think dateline is doing a great job at exposing this horrific problem that happens to our children so good for them.

1163 days ago


I too think the police should check up on some of these TMZ posters. Anyone taking up for a pedophile has some serious issues. They are probably looking at kiddie porn now. The guy thought he was talking to a child. He showed up at the house along with many other pigs looking to have sex with children. This doesn't disturb you? You would rather they rape kids first, then go to jail?? Bunch of freaks! Waste of space liberals.

1163 days ago


For all we know Perverted Justice tampered with the chatlogs before they were in the hands of police.

These guys are sick but what's even more sick are losers who pretend to be underage girls online waiting for some creep to talk dirty to them.

1163 days ago


I only watched parts of this show a couple of times, and found it just plain disgusting...the topic, the methods used to catch the guys and the perverts themselves, of course.

1163 days ago


Welcome to the rotten judicial system in this Country ,after OJ and Casey went off free I don't belive in the law here in America.... what a SHAME in all those judges they should be reprimend and fire of the Court System! asap !the guy was not entraped ,this pedophile wants to have sex with a minor PERIOD! he should be in jail.....this is going to give the pedophiles ideas to beat the system it is really SAD!

1163 days ago

Lila Folster    

It seems to me that the "To Catch a Predator" show was quite proud of working with and using the tactics of law enforcement. We already have over 800,000 people on the s*x offender registry, why does John Walsh see the need to spread a net to create more? The answer is plain and simple, for vengeance and revenue.

1163 days ago


You can paint the picture anyway you like but plain and simple this guy is a pedophile. He will do it again, rest assured. Dateline is a liberal BS show but I really have no problem with them setting up perverts who drive hours in the hopes of meeting up with a child. It makes no difference how Dateline "sets them up", they take the bait because they are child molestors. They should be exposed. No one made them get in their cars and salivate at the thought of getting to bang a CHILD. Freaks with zero chance at rehabilitation. For all the people that applaud the legal loop hole, I bet you would be singing a different tune if it was your child they got a hold of.

1163 days ago


Of course the scam bag defense attorney would be on here trying to get his 15 minutes of fame. Who cares who said it! You client is a dirt bag. I think guilty be reason of it walks like a duck should have come into play in this case.

1163 days ago

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

I'm not defending sick people. But in this country you can't put people in jail for what they thought and thankfully. Today it's them, tomorrow, it could be you.

If he had gone to meet a real 13 year old girl, he should be punished. But there was no 13 year old girl. Would it be right if the cops went out and started hiring people to kill people who don't exist and then arrest them for conspiracy to commit murder?

1163 days ago


Obviously this judge doesn't care about children that are seduced by adults online. He probably does it himself. I bet Within a year this man will be in prison for having sex with an underage girl he met on the internet.

1163 days ago


Yea, it’s clear they a TCAP do a good thing but they push the boundaries way way to far in the methodical technique they use to entrap the fools that come in. I hope they take a lesson from this court decision and get real better yet get out.

1163 days ago
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