New York (AP) NBC may not be catching any more predators for a while.
NBC Universal has settled a 105-million-dollar lawsuit brought by a woman who says a televised sex sting drove her brother to kill himself.
Patricia Conradt's brother was a suburban Dallas prosecutor. Her lawsuit claimed he killed himself after he was accused on “Dateline NBC'S To Catch A Predator” show of engaging in a sexually explicit online chat with what he thought was a 13-year-old boy.
New episodes of the series ended in December. And a spokeswoman for NBC says it's turning its focus now to investigations dealing with national security and the economy.
The lawsuit claimed NBC “steamrolled” authorities to arrest Louis Conradt Junior. A preliminary ruling last winter by a federal judge declared a jury might conclude the network “crossed the line from responsible journalism to irresponsible and reckless intrusion into law enforcement.”
Terms of the out-of-court settlement haven't been disclosed but it's described as amicable.
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