Chris Hansen, former host of NBC’s “To Catch a Predator,” has turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest for failing to appear in a Michigan courtroom.
“He did turn himself in this morning,” Shiawassee County Prosecuting Attorney Scott Koerner told TODAY on Friday, one day after after Koerner’s office issued a bench warrant for the TV personality after he failed to respond to a subpoena to appear in a Shiawassee County courtroom in connection to a sting operation.
The sting operation resulted in the October 2020 arrests of three men who attempted to meet up with underage girls at a hotel in Owosso, Michigan.
Hansen, who assisted authorities with the sting, was scheduled to present video evidence about the case, said Koerner.
The subpoena ordering Hansen to court was issued by the defense counsel in the case, who demanded Hansen present the evidence, said Koerner.
Hansen had videotaped portions of the sting operation. The defense attorney wanted Hansen to present his unedited footage in court, explained the prosecutor.
“Now, he has 14 days to produce that video.”, said Koerner, who pointed out that there are no criminal charges against Hansen.
“It was a civil contempt matter … not criminal in nature,” explained Koerner.
Hansen responded to news about the warrant for his arrest Thursday on Instagram, telling fans it all stemmed from a “miscommunication.”
“The court matter in Shiawasse (sic) Co, Mi today resulted from a predator investigation there. Defense lawyers for accused predator Michael Lott had requested video from the investigation. There was miscommunication about a hearing today on the issue. The matter is currently being resolved!” he wrote.
The TV host followed up by Friday by telling his Instagram followers that matter had been resolved.
Next to an image of the Shiawassee County Courthouse, Hansen wrote, “Corunna, Mi. All matters in the Shiawasse (sic) Co predator case resolved! Justice marches on!”
It’s not the first time the host of the popular NBC series has had a notable run-in with the law.
Hansen was arrested in January 2019 for allegedly writing $13,000 worth of bad checks, NBC News reported at the time.