JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A local man said he’s exposing the people who prey on children.
Wesley Hoag, founder of North Florida Predator Hunters told Action News Jax he livestreams confrontations with men who think they’re meeting up with teens they’ve talked to online.
“Instead of meeting a 14, 16 year old, they meet up with myself, which, I livestream it on our public Facebook to expose who these people are,” Hoag said.
The videos get thousands of views.
When asked why he got involved in “predator hunting,” Hoag replied, “Personal experience, having friends, family as well that have fallen victim to sex crimes.”
According to the NFPH founder, decoys, who are over 18, use their own photos on dating apps and sites like Craigslist.
He said a man he previously confronted turned out to be a registered sexual predator.“He gave us the usual line of ‘I was here to tell her this was a bad idea,’” Hoag said.
He said he brings his information to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and also reports to Crimestoppers.
Action News Jax reached out to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Hoag said he plans on continuing the work, making the community aware.
Action News Jax asked Hoag if he considers himself a vigilante.
“To a point. I honestly, what I would consider myself is a concerned citizen that’s willing to take action upon myself,” Hoag said.
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