Sure, it’s not as glitzy as being cornered on the kitchen peninsula behind a big pitcher of lemonade by handsome moral authority and “To Catch a Predator” host Chris Hansen. In December, the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and some NoVa detectives tricked some local dudes into trying to have sex with kids with Craigslist posts titled “In Town for 2 Days-Mom W 2 Grls” and “2 nite only- fmly fun – u wn’t forget” The posts then described how interested parties could have sex with 8-to-14-year-old girls. Ha ha, too good to be true, child molesters.
Hey, let’s see which of our neighbors were totally into this:
Within hours of making the posts, the investigators had hundreds of responses, court documents said. Over the next few days, they arranged meetings with at least five men, some of whom drove more than an hour and were willing to pay upward of $200 to have sex with children.
Among those caught in the sting was a West Virginia elementary school art teacher, Douglas E. Hunt, who pleaded guilty Friday to enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity. Hunt called a Leesburg detective from a phone at Shepherdstown Elementary School to arrange a meeting with 12- and 13-year-old girls advertised in the detective’s Dec. 3 Craigslist posting.