He thought he "had this covered."
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. But today, after years of catching(entrapping) predators, Hansen himself has been caught.
Although it would have been twisted, but beautifully ironic, if Hansen had been taken down for trying to hook up with underage kids online, he was in fact booked for using bad checks to try and pay for over $10,000 worth of stuff. The stuff he was buying, according to the Stamford Advocate, was " 355 ceramic mugs, 288 T-shirts and 650 vinyl decals" that he intended to use at "marketing events." In other words, Chris Hansen is being taken to court because he bought $12,998.05 worth of Chris Hansen merch with bad checks.
Hansen emailed Peter Psichopaidas, who is the owner of Promotional Sales Limited, the store where he bought the mugs, shirts and decals, as soon as he found out the check bounced, saying: "“Peter ... I truly thought I had this covered. I am scrambling to get it done. Please give me till the end of the day. I sold a boat to cover the rest of this and need to pick up the payment this afternoon.” He never got back in touch and then was arrested and then released after giving his written word that he'd show up in court.
Enjoy a clip of the dated, strange show for which Hansen is famous: