You’d think that after years of using hidden cameras to bust alleged pedophiles on MSNBC’s To Catch a Predator, Chris Hansen would be an expert at avoiding a highly public sexual predicament. As it turns out, he's not.
Last weekend, the National Enquirer turned the tables on Hansen, who is best known for confronting would-be sex offenders on the controversial Dateline series. In a hidden-camera stunt right out of his own show, the tabloid says it captured footage of Hansen on a date with Cristyn Caddell, an anchor at NBC affiliate WPTV in West Palm Beach, Fla., who is apparently “young enough to be his daughter” (she’s 30 to his 51). The Enquirer reports that it filmed as the pair arrived for dinner at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Manalapan, Fla., then drove to Caddell’s apartment in Palm Beach, where they spent the night.
Hansen lives in Connecticut with his wife and two sons but has recently been spending time in Florida to investigate the disappearance of James "Jimmy T" Trindade, a local man who left on a boat trip for the Bahamas in 2006 and hasn’t been seen since.
A source told the Enquirer that Hansen and Caddell met at a West Palm Beach club during one of Hansen’s trips, and that the two “got on so well that she ended up going back to his room at The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach—and later boasted to pals about staying the night with him.” According to the Enquirer, Hansen and Caddell have been involved ever since, regularly meeting in Florida and once in New York.