A woman in Iowa went undercover online to expose her son-in-law as a sexual predator. She reportedly posed as a 15-year-old boy and within a few weeks, the woman’s son-in-law was making plans to meet up and presumably have sex. The woman’s makeshift sting operation was used as evidence in court and helped send the man away for 10 years.
Police reportedly found hundreds of child pornography images on the man’s cell phone and laptops. The man’s wife, who has 2 children with him, reportedly knew her husband would routinely go online and speak with teenage boys.
As disturbing as this case might have been, Judge Mary feels people should not act as vigilantes and take justice into their own hands becasue doing so could put them in danger or harm a possible case authorities might working on.
So what should someone do if they suspect there is a child predator in their family?
Dr. Judy suggests to first take your emotions out of the situation and then confront the person with your evidence or concerns. “You have to confront them with the facts,” she says, noting if the siuation becomes volatile they will likely not be honest or cooperate.