'To Catch a Predator' Host Chris Hansen Accused of Issuing Bad Checks

Chris Hansen

To Catch A Predator, the show that scared all parents of a certain generation into constant warnings about the perils of the internet, does not get most of its attention for its host, Chris Hansen.

Police claim Chris failed to pay a local vendor almost $13,000 for items he purchased in 2017.

Mireya Acierto via Getty Images Hansen was charged Monday with issuing a bad check to a Stamford business for several thousand dollars in marketing merchandise.

But the cheque he used bounced, prompting Psichopaidas to file a complaint in April 2018, at which point he was still awaiting payment from Hansen.

The marketing materials for which Hansen was paying totaled $12,998.05, according to the arrest affidavit.

Former To Catch A Predator host Chris Hansen turned himself into CT police Monday after allegedly issuing bad checks and stiffing a marketing vendor.

Police in Stamford, Connecticut told People that in 2017 Hansen ordered T-shirts, coffee mugs, decals and other promotional items to use in marketing events. Chris allegedly offered to make 4 partial payments, but the owner rejected that deal.

Hansen issued a personal check to the vendor in April but it bounced three days later. He said Hansen apologized and promised to pay part of the balance, but never did.

"Peter ... I truly thought I had this covered", the television host wrote in the email, according to the arrest affidavit.

But Hansen reportedly never did write that check, and police said he wouldn't speak to officers before an arrest warrant was issued.

Hansen has since been released on bond.

The timing of the order appears to coincide with Hansen attempting to keep promises he'd made during a Kickstarter campaign aimed at funding "Hansen vs. Predator", a spinoff of the "To Catch a Predator" series Hansen hosted on "Dateline NBC" from 2004 to 2007. Please give me till the end of the day. He finally turned himself in on Monday, he added.

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