Chris Hansen of ‘To Catch a Predator’ Explains The Warrant For His Arrest
Jul 21st, 2021
Fans of Chris Hansen were shocked when the “To Catch a Predator “ host ended up with a mugshot. But according to Chris, all of this was just one big miscommunication.
Fans of the show from all across the globe praise Hansen for catching adult men who were hoping to have romantic relationships with minors through sting operations. The show aired between 2004 and 2007. And even though the show has already been canceled, the 61-year-old is still doing investigative work up to this day. He is helping the police with their investigations.
In fact, the reason why he was arrested on July 2 arrest was because of his failure to show up in court. This was for the video of a sting operation that led to three men being arrested for trying to set up dates with underage girls. Reports say that the judge wanted to see the footage of the capture that happened in October.
However, Chris wasn’t able to have the footage available at the time.
Chris was working closely with the Shiawassee and Genesee County sheriff’s offices to catch these predators. One of the three men charged was a state corrections officer. All three men were hoping to meet up with teenage girls to have sexual encounters.
Chris worked alongside the police and they were able to locate the three predators by using chat rooms. Pretending to age 13 to 15, the police reportedly chatted with around 170 people until they found three who seemingly had no issues setting up this illegal encounter.
According to reports, Chris was reportedly subpoenaed to appear before the court on July 2. However, he didn’t show. And because of this, an arrest warrant was issued for him. Chris said he’s not showing up wasn’t on purpose.
Judge Matthew Stewart rescinded the bench warrant explained, “He wasn’t intending to not appear or to be somebody that was trying to circumvent the process. It was just an unfortunate set of circumstances that resulted in a failure to appear.”
On his Instagram account, Chris explained why he wasn’t able to show up. He said: “There was a miscommunication about the hearing today on the issue,” he said on Instagram. “The matter is currently being resolved.” He jokingly added: “Justice marches on!”
Chris also opened up more about the arrest to The Daily Beast. He explained, “It’s the silliest thing I’ve ever seen. It was a total administrative disconnect. This notion of ‘Hansen skips a hearing’ is not true.” He added, “Nobody’s hiding. Nobody’s dodging or ducking. No one was being non-compliant. There was never a criminal complaint, it was just a matter of not getting notice in time.”
He further added, “It’s part of being a reporter who does this kind of work,” he said. “It was kind of mystifying that people jumped all over something that seemed so routine. It was absurd. I understand that being the guy who covers the predator stories carries some lightning rod issues with it, but it’s just absurd to me.”
This wasn’t the first time that Chris had a run-in with the law. In 2019, he was arrested on grand larceny charges. He was reportedly arrested after writing bad checks that amounted to $13,000. The charges were dropped after Chris’ lawyers brought proof that he had settled the debt. The checks were written to a mom-and-pop store that helped supply Chris with the merchandise.
After his mugshot started circulating, many fans feared the worst. Some even thought that he turned out to be a sexual predator himself. So fans are glad that Chris was quick to clear up the news.
Chris’ name has been completely cleared since.