How These “Creep Catchers” Seek To Publicly Shame Would-Be Pedophiles

San Diego News Fix:

They call themselves the Creep Catchers Unit. For the last year, this small group of 20-somethings has run citizen stings in the region, particularly North County, posing as young teens on dating sites, and agreeing to meet with the people they suspect are trying to lure them for sex.

“CCUnit” records the meetup — more of a confrontation — then posts the video online, along with the chat logs, some of which look pretty damning. In one, a man asks the teen if he should bring a condom.

The online postings are a public shaming, a digital scarlet letter.

Vigilante justice is a bad idea.