An anchor for Elmira, N.Y. NBC affiliate WETM has been fired after being caught in a sting by an internet group that hunts down alleged child predators.
Zach Wheeler has being accused of driving three hours to meet a 15-year-old boy for sex. In a video shot by three men from 607 Predator Hunters, a group that exposes child sex predators, Wheeler was confronted by the men who posed as an underage boy in an online chat room.
Despite the men reading back the alleged conversation between the two, Wheeler repeatedly tells the men, “I’m not here to have sex with a kid.”
“Friday evening, WETM was made aware of a video posted to YouTube regarding one of our employees,” the station said in a statement. “The local group that posted the video claimed that the employee engaged in inappropriate behavior. WETM management investigated the questions raised by the video, and the employee is no longer employed by WETM.”
So far, no criminal charges have been filed in the matter.