NBC Settles 'To Catch a Predator' Lawsuit
NBC has settled a lawsuit that blamed the network for the suicide of a Texas prosecutor who was targeted in an undercover sting against alleged pedophiles as part of the Dateline: To Catch a Predator show.
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#1 Jul 3, 2008
NBC Settles $105 Million Lawsuit After Terrell Texas Prosecutor Louis William Conradt Jr. Sought Sex With Children - He Did The Right Thing And Killed Himself Prior To Arrest
July 2nd, 2008
TERRELL, TEXAS - NBC has settled a lawsuit filed by the family of a man who killed himself after being confronted regarding his illicit communications with what he believed to be underage boys. The deceased also happened to be a 5 term district attorney and respected prosecutor in Texas.
#3 Jul 3, 2008
One Less Lawyer: Former Rockwall/Kaufman County Texas District Attorney Louis “Bill” Conradt Jr. Does The Right Thing And Kills Himself When Police Move In To Serve Arrest Warrant In Dateline NBC Perverted Justice Child Sex Sting :)
November 7th, 2006
TERRELL, TEXAS — A Texas prosecutor committed suicide Sunday, after allegedly being caught-up in one of the many popular TV news child-predator stings.
Police were trying to serve Louis “Bill” Conradt Jr., 56, with an arrest warrant at his home, alleging that he solicited sex with someone he thought was a 13-year-old boy, but who was actually a decoy.
Dallas TV station KXAS reported that the explicit conversations even included a webcam and the telephone.
Officers had a search warrant for his computer. As officers moved in to make an arrest, they heard a shot. They found Conradt inside with a self-inflicted wound. He died later at a hospital in Dallas.
The warrant resulted from one of the now-familiar stings in which NBC “Dateline” and an Internet child-predator watchdog group lure people to a home, where they are confronted by a reporter.
“Without going into details — it was extremely explicit,” said Detective Sgt. Snow Robertson of the Murphy Police Department.
Police said Conradt had not gone to the house, but that they believe he had been planning to.
“(Children) shouldn’t have to worry about getting on the Internet and worrying about an older person having sex with them,” said Robertson.
Conradt was the chief felony assistant DA for Rockwall County, and was formerly the DA in Kaufman County.
The mayor in Murphy, Texas, told the paper he hopes his town won’t be used again to try to trap child predators in this way.
NBC News confirmed that the sting operation involved “Dateline” and its “To Catch A Predator” series and issued the following statement:
NBC News’“Dateline” was in Texas reporting on its “To Catch A Predator” series in conjunction with online watchdog group Perverted Justice. In the midst of that effort, Rockwall County Assistant District Attorney Louis W. Conradt, Jr. contacted a decoy from Perverted Justice who was posing as a 13-year-old boy. Local authorities launched an investigation into Conradt’s online communications and went to his home with an arrest warrant. In the course of that investigation, Conradt committed suicide. There was no contact whatsoever between Conradt and “Dateline” at any point in the investigation
#5 May 24, 2012
told the paper he hopes his town won’t be used again to try to trap child predators in this way.
Really! In what way would you like to catch them? In bed after they have ALREADY finished raping a child? Would you still think the same way if it was your child being targeted? Would you trust the "prestigious" assistant attorney with your kids? Wow I hope you NEVER have a position of power again. You would leave everyone's kids in danger. If he was innocent then he would have fought it in court, like all the other guys he prosecuted. He knew he was caught and that's why he killed himself. What they should do know is start looking for his victim's. Like we have learned on the show most of these guys are repeat offenders.Why is he any different? Love the show, keep up the good work. Obviously Murphy, TX still needs to learn how to keep its children safe.
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