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‘To Catch a Predator’ ex-host Chris Hansen accused of bouncing checks

/ 05:19 PM January 17, 2019
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This booking photograph released Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, by the Stamford, Conn., Police Department shows Chris Hansen, former host of the television program “To Catch a Predator,” arrested Monday in his hometown of Stamford, on charges of writing bad checks for $13,000 worth of marketing materials. Image: Stamford Police Department via AP

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A TV journalist known for confronting would-be child predators has been snared himself in a police investigation alleging he wrote bad checks for $13,000 worth of marketing materials.

Former “To Catch a Predator” host Chris Hansen was arrested Monday in his hometown of Stamford, Connecticut, United States. He was charged with issuing a bad check and released on a promise to appear in court.

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Police say the 59-year-old Hansen wrote two bad checks to a local vendor for 355 mugs, 288 T-shirts and 650 vinyl decals he bought in the summer of 2017.

Phone and email messages were left Wednesday for Hansen. It wasn’t clear if he has a lawyer who could respond to the allegations.

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NBC’s “To Catch a Predator” ran from 2004 to 2007 and included sting operations for online child predators. KM

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