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Criminal Justice & Legal System

A county prosecutor says "enough" to a self-styled video vigilante

The Kent County Prosecutor has warned Zach Sweers to stop his video vigiliantism for fear of the dangers involved
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The Kent County Prosecutor has warned Zach Sweers to stop his video vigiliantism for fear of the dangers involved

How far should a citizen go in trying to bust online predators?

Zach Sweers is a 23-year-old West Michigan man who goes online posing as an underage girl. He meets men online, records everything as he sets up encounters, and then posts it all on YouTube.

So far, Sweers' efforts have led to the arrests of seven men.

One of those men is now suing him, and the Kent County Prosecutor has warned Sweers to stop his video vigilante ways.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor for Kent County Chris Becker talked with us today about Sweers' operation and why his office sent Sweers that letter telling him to quit doing it.

GUEST Chris Becker is Chief Assistant Prosecutor for Kent County.