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Catching online sexual predators

Hope the subject line caught your eye! A friend and I recently stumbled upon a subject we feel might be very "Chuck-like" and fun to write on. The idea of catching sexual predators through chatrooms is nothing new if you've watched Dateline in the last 10+ years, but I think we might have a nice little twist, making this story worthy of exploration.

Backgroud:
The idea stemmed from the fact that my friend's older brother will spend hours of his free time posing as little children in chatrooms in an effort to flush out sexual predators (yes, he does do this for fun; no, I am not making this up; and, yes, I realize he has some major issues!). The funny part is that when he's lured the people into damning conversations, he will hit them with a very official-looking message saying that they've just been electronically tagged by the FBI and that their case "is currently being transfered to the nearest agent for further inquiry."

Question:
Does anybody have any real life experience with this type of subject (hopefully not the predators although that could be a funny conversation!) that might be able to provide details I could use?

NOTE:
- the point of view we're trying to write from in the story is of a cop who is essentially doing the same job as my friend's brother. I was hoping to find someone within law enforcement or in other aspects of the criminal justice system (i.e. Judicial branch) that could provide more technical PERSONNAL background information on how the government goes about catching and punishing these sick ppl.

- I AM MOST CERTAINLY NOT ASKING ANYONE, ESPECIALLY VICTEMS, TO PROVIDE INFORMATION REGUARDING PERSONNAL ENCOUNTERS WITH ABUSE/ETC... THAT OCCURED BECAUSE OF ONLINE SEXUAL PREDATORS --> that is morally wrong and was NOT my intention. I'm deeply sorry if anyone misread my intentions

Thanks to all who actually read this, and for any help anyone might be able to provide!