Former ‘Predator’ host surrenders and fixes video issue
LANSING, Mich. (AP) – The former host of the “To Catch a Predator” television series surrendered on Friday after a Michigan judge issued an arrest warrant for no show at a court hearing for explain why he hadn’t given a defense attorney more footage of a police undercover operation.
Chris Hansen, 61, checked in at Shiawassee County Jail in La Coruna – 104.61 kilometers northwest of Detroit – has been released and has 14 days to produce the full video, said the attorney Scott Koerner. Hansen then posted a photo of the county courthouse on Instagram and said all questions have been resolved.
“Justice works! ” he wrote.
October undercover operation between the Shiawassee and Genesee County Sheriff’s Offices occurred in the nearby town of Owosso. Three men, including a state corrections officer, have been charged with attempting to meet underage girls for sexual purposes. Hansen and a film crew had been incorporated into the investigators.
The arrest warrant was quashed by Judge Matthew Stewart, Hansen’s attorney Clint Perryman said.
“He had no intention of not showing up or being someone trying to get around the process. It was just a set of unfortunate circumstances that resulted in a failure to appear, ”he said, citing poor timing and confusion over a subpoena. Hansen, who hosts a YouTube show and podcast, has a house in Michigan but lives primarily in New York City, Perryman said.
Hansen and his team had provided an edited video, but an accused wanted all the footage in case there was any exculpatory information, he said.
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David Eggert, The Associated Press