Vigilante ‘Predator Poachers’ come to Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – A YouTuber who posts videos that trap potential pedophiles recently arrived in the Sacramento area.

Alex Rosen, who is from Houston, Texas, claims he caught potential sex offenders in his own stabbing operation, but law enforcement officials say his behavior is dangerous and must stop.

“We pretend to be minors online,” Rosen told FOX40. “It’s the same premise as ‘catch a Predator’.”

Rosen and his occasional pals who travel the country call themselves the “Predator Poachers”. They sometimes post and sell access to videos of their homemade stitch operations on their website.

Rosen even stopped off in Sacramento, attracting people who think they’re going to have a sexual encounter with a boy or a girl.

Last year he said he organized and recorded a meeting at an apartment complex in Natomas after posing as an 11-year-old girl communicating with a man through a chat app. This conversation quickly became inappropriate.

FOX40 has kept this man’s identity secret because he has not been charged with a crime.

“We are lowering our age immediately. We don’t give them any doubts about how old we are, ”said Rosen.

Arrest or not, for Rosen and his team there is a mission behind every video.

“The reason we’re doing this is because there is now such a problem with child robbers,” said Rosen.

Although the Sacramento Police Department has not investigated the Natomas incident, which was filmed by Rosen, they urge people to call them instead of taking matters into their own hands.

“Individuals could escalate the situation. You might be doing things that are illegal, ”said Brian Marvel, who heads the Police Officers Research Group of California. “It could turn into a very hostile and violent situation.”

Marvel said it was concerned the vigilante group could lead to a dangerous situation.

FOX40 showed Rosen’s video to Assistant Deputy Chief Dawn Bladet of the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. She said this type of activity should be left to professionals.

“They do them with training, they know the protocols,” explained Bladet. “You know what can and cannot be said, what should or should not be transmitted online.”

Even with the video, it’s still not enough evidence to convict anyone. A judge or a jury would need more details that would not be seen or heard on camera.

“They would want to know when the ad was running, how the communication went, all communication between the two people,” said Bladet.

Prosecutors said they followed two cases that came from YouTube videos last summer, but added that the videos were not used as evidence in the trials.


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