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Chris Hansen of 'To Catch a Predator' caught on hidden camera

June 30, 2011 |  5:22 pm

Chris Hansen Chris Hansen, known for his "To Catch a Predator" series of reports for "Dateline NBC," has been caught on hidden camera himself in what is could turn out to be a compromising situation.

Hansen, 52 and a married father of two, was secretly videotaped June 24 arriving at the Ritz-Carlton's Angle restaurant allegedly with Kristyn Caddell, 30, according to the National Enquirer, which has the footage posted on its website. A "romantic dinner" ensued at the Manalapan, Fla., restaurant, according to an Enquirer source.

Cameras filmed them driving back to Caddell's Palm Beach apartment, where they didn't emerge until 8 the next morning, the story alleges. Caddell, who works for a local TV news station, then reportedly drove him to the airport, according to the tabloid.

A source confirmed to People on Thursday that the two had been "hooking up for months." Hansen has been in Florida covering the 2006 disappearance of Jimmy Trindade.

"To Catch a Predator" uses hidden cameras to catch men allegedly attempting to hook up with underage girls, with correspondent Hansen sitting down immediately with the "caught" folks to ask a few questions.

"With each guy who came in, you know I got a little better at asking the right questions," he said in 2007, reflecting on how the show got started.

"I wondered, quite honestly, whether or not everybody would just see me and run. Not because they knew I was Chris Hansen with 'Dateline NBC,' but you know whether it was a father who came home unexpectedly or was it the police? But it turned out most of the guys stayed and chatted."

His "gotcha" reputation earned Hansen meme status, including the classic "Why don't you have a seat over there?" animated gif often used on Internet discussion boards as commentary or a visual punch line.

He and his wife, Mary Joan Hansen, live in Connecticut with their two sons.


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Photo: Chris Hansen. Credit: Virginia Sherwood / NBC.