To Catch A Predator’s Chris Hansen attempted sting operation on Jeffrey Epstein

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Former To Catch A Predator host Chris Hansen has revealed he tried to set up a sting operation on Jeffrey Epstein.

The former Dateline NBC host has told how he tried to snare the prolific millionaire paedophile in 2014 or 2015 following Epstein's first prison sentence.

Epstein killed himself in his prison cell in New York on August 10, 2019, while awaiting trial for a range of offences, including trafficking minors for sex and multiple rapes.

Chris Hansen – famed for his hit series To Catch A Predator, which lured paedophiles to a location where they believed they would meet a child for sex before confronting them on camera – has told how he met with lawyers representing some of Epstein’s victims following his release from an 18-month prison term in 2010 for prostituting minors.

Chris Hansen admitted that not being more aggressive on pursuing Epstein was his “biggest career regret"
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“I met with these guys and they had a big file on it,” he told Hollywood Raw with Dax Holt and Adam Glyn, “and I was trying to fashion a [To Catch A] Predator-like sting operation in which we could catch him.”

But Hansen said the "levels of security at his place in New York were such that it was very difficult to come up with something; the Florida [home] was difficult to come up with something".

Hansen, who hosted the infamous sting show from 2004 to 2007, told the hosts: “And honestly guys, I got busy with other things.”

He admitted that not being more aggressive on pursuing Epstein was his “biggest career regret.”

Hansen met with lawyers representing some of Epstein’s victims following his release from an 18-month prison term in 2010 for prostituting minors
(Image: Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Epstein killed himself in his prison cell in New York on August 10, 2019, while awaiting trial for a range of offences
(Image: New York State Sex Offender Regi)

Others said to have been involved in the ring include Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, the British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, 58, who is currently on remand in the US after being charged with the sex trafficking of underage girls and the enticement of minors.

She has denied all the allegations against her and any wrongdoing .

Prince Andrew, 60, is also embroiled in the sex abuse claims, having visited Epstein’s properties, where many of the worst crimes against young girls are said to have taken place.

He has also denied all allegations made against him.

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