Vigilante dads who posed as children to catch predators deemed unlawful by police

USA TODAY | 1/23/2020 | Staff
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FREMONT, Ohio – Police in Ohio say a group of fathers posing online as teen boys seeking sex with older men are not helping police to bring potential predators to justice.

The Dads Against Predators (DAP) group has posted three videos online, including one Tuesday showing a man being confronted by a group of men with camera phones asking why he is meeting a 14-year-old boy at a Walmart in Fremont.

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Two other videos have surfaced, though Fremont Police Chief Dean Bliss said at a Thursday press conference that because these meetings were not arranged by police, the suspects are not likely to be prosecuted.

But Bliss said the DAP videos showed police how easy it can be to trap men looking for sex with younger boys.

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"We were shocked as everyone else after watching these videos," Bliss said Thursday. "Unfortunately, they brought a brighter light to this current situation to which I do not believe is a Fremont, Ohio-only problem."

Acting Sandusky County Prosecutor Zak Selvey said there is "significant" evidentiary concerns about these videos being used against the suspects.

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"For a crime to occur, there's a statute in Ohio called the importuning statute which is what we believe cases like these fall under, and it creates issues if...
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