The New York Times profiles the mysterious group Perverted Justice, which started as one man's quest to rid his regional Yahoo chat room of lewd adults and has grown into a nationwide force of cyberspace vigilantes, financed by a network television program hungry for ratings. “It's a kind of blog that has turned into a crime-fighting resource,” said Robert McCrie, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Perverted Justice is best known for its work with “Dateline NBC,” which has broadcast 11 highly rated programs in which would-be pedophiles are lured to “sting houses” only to be surprised by a camera crew. Yet Perverted Justice and its reclusive founder remain largely a mystery, even as the group has emerged as one of the most effective unofficial law enforcement groups in the country. But the group is also accused of of entrapment, making mistakes that ruin innocent lives and, paradoxically, disseminating its own brand of child pornography.