To Catch a Predator is an American reality television series that features hidden camera investigations by the television news magazine program Dateline NBC. It was devoted to impersonating underage people (generally ages 12 - 15) and detaining male adults who contacted them over the Internet for sexual liaisons. People were lured to meet with a decoy under the pretense of sexual contact and then confronted. Show host Chris Hansen clarified in an interview with NPR News that these subjects should be labeled as potential sexual predators, and not pedophiles. "Pedophiles have a very specific definition, people who are interested in prepubescent sex," he stated.
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Lorne Armstrong, one of the predators from the 2007 episode in Bowling Green, Kentucky, became famous on the internet for how he pronounced 'Oh God!' as "Oh Cawd!" when Chris Hansen revealed himself and the cameras came out and for how he groomed and chatted with the decoy, Kayla. The chat log transcript of his chat and audio from the phone calls of his conversations with the decoy, Kayla, have since been made into humorous videos and uploaded to several video streaming sites. See more
Chris Hansen - Host
Well, there's something I gotta tell you... I'm Chris Hansen, with Dateline NBC, we're doing a story on...
Lorne Armstrong - Predator
[the cameras come out and Lorne Armstrong covers his face and cries