Five years after appearing in one of Dateline NBC’s “To Catch a Predator” stings, a 26-year-old California man has been acquitted of the charge against him.
After six days of testimony, a Judge threw out the case against Joseph Roisman and criticized the tactics used by Dateline’s partner, Perverted Justice for engaging in entrapment.
Roisman is the only one of 29 men prosecuted in the Northern California sting to beat the charges. His father had spent more than $100,000 on his defense. “They made my son’s life a living hell for five years,” says Roisman’s mother, who vowed to sue NBC.
Roisman was on leave from the Navy when he was arrested during a three-day sex sting in Petaluma in August 2006.
The episode and transcript featuring Roisman can still be found on msnbc.com