You've seen our investigations of child predators before, but never quite like this.
Never before have we caught so many creepy predators.
Never before have the predators we caught been so famous.
After our last operation, our friends at Perverted Justice decided we needed a slightly different scenario to avoid potential predators discovering our operation.
So here is what they did: They created a fifteen year-old football recruit named "Brian Allen." Brian is supposed to be a 6'1" 250 pound offensive lineman. He's actually being played by one of our Perverted Justice decoys. To make him as tempting as possible to predators, we gave him a scholarship offer from Iowa. Our decoy made a couple of posts on Rivals message boards to see who would respond.
"do u play vrsity yet"
"nope, just freshman fb"
"oh man, just a freshman, i bet there's barely any grass on that field"
"r u still talking about fb"
After just three hours of chatting with who he thought was a 15-year-old recruit, Bielema was on the road and ready to meet our decoy. Our crew and NCAA compliance officers were here at the house, waiting.
That's Tabetha. She's DTF. It's cool.
Look, you don't know how hard it is for coaches today. We have to start talking to these kids when they're younger and younger, or else they won't even acknowledge our existence anymore, and then that means we're too old and we're out of a job.
I see. Well, there's something I need to tell you. I'm Chris Hansen, with Dateline NBC, and I'm doing a piece for Dateline NBC on online predators like you. So unless you have something else to say to our cameras, you're free to go.
TO BE CONTINUED...