(WTNH) — A 66-year old man from Farmington was going to meet who he believes is a 15-year old boy he met on the internet.
“We are not here to hurt you, we are trying to get to the bottom of what’s going on,” said Incognito.
Instead, he is met by a Connecticut man who uses the alias “Incognito” to protect his identity.
He is an undercover watchdog, who has made it his mission to root out online sexual predators and bring them to justice.
“I’ve known many victims growing up whether friends or ex-girlfriends. I just wanted to see how many guys were in my area…to my surprise there were a lot,” said Incognito.
Incognito formed the Prey on Predators Squad.
He describes it as a Connecticut movement to protect kids, catch predators and raise awareness for tougher laws.
Their undercover tactics have led to five arrests in Connecticut, four pending trial and one conviction.
Police tell News 8 what Incognitio does is legal.
“The evidence he had was very strong and allowed us not only to build a case but build one very quickly that we able to bring to resolution,” said Lt. Steve Elliot, Southington Police.
He has seen a lot of terrible stuff.
“I’ve gotten pictures, videos, everything…stuff that I will never erase out of my mind. It’s gross,” said Incognitio.
He has learned how to catch the bad guys before they get to kids.
He posts all the video and evidence to his website, to help parents understand the potential dangers that exist on the internet and in their communities.
“Use it as an educational tool. You would rather them being with you as an educational purpose then one of these guys being in their inbox,” said Incognitio.
Guys like a former school bus driver in Connecticut, who was trying to meet a 14-year old boy.
“He took pride in telling me how he gets to drive the swim team around and he gets to go in and look at them in their swimsuits,” said Incognitio.
He believes his work can help parents and their kids by unmasking the true threats that linger behind a keyboard and a screen.
Incognito has some critically important advice every parent should take to heart to keep their children safe.
“Have an open channel. That’s the best way to prevent this from happening. If you have a open channel of communication and you give them the feeling that they can absolutely can come to you with anything. That’s the best thing you can do,” said Incognito.