WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE 28/WYOU 22 EYEWITNESS NEWS) — He calls himself the ‘Luzerne County Predator Catcher’ and he says his mission is to put a spotlight on alleged child predators.
41-year old Musa Harris from Kingston says he has encountered 167 alleged child predators on Facebook.
Many of those encounters have led to police investigations and involved high-profile people. Harris says he has only one mission; to protect children. But is it legal?
“Catch them, expose them and destroy them like they do these little kids,” said Harris.
Harris says that is his mission with his social media stings is he poses as a 15-year-old boy or girl. He says it doesn’t take long until alleged predators try to meet up for sex.
Last week Thomas Carman, the now-former Bradford County Coroner, allegedly met up with Harris in Kingston.
Bradford County Commissioners issued a statement saying that Carman’s resignation is connected to a video circulating online. The Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office confirmed they are investigating the incident. However, Carman has not been charged with a crime.
The Valley View School District tells Eyewitness News Christopher Mazzino, a District Administrator, has been suspended indefinitely in connection with an incident over the weekend.
Harris says he encountered Mazzino in Kingston as he posed as a 15-year-old male. Mazzino has also not been charged with a crime but Archbald Police says they are aware of the incident and are investigating.
In January police charged former Exeter police officer Len Galli after an encounter with Harris. He says he makes all of his videos and chat logs available to law enforcement.
“They don’t encourage me to do it because it’s really dangerous. I’m putting my life on the line. I’m doing what I’m doing they don’t encourage it. I put myself in harm’s way too much. The kids need a voice I’m here to be that voice for them,” stated Harris.
Former Luzerne County Judge and District Attorney Peter Paul Olszewski say Harris is not breaking the law.
“This individual is nothing more than a witness to a crime the difference is that he’s using sophisticated modern I.T. technology to look for and find evidence against a potential criminal defendant,” said Olszewski
Olszewski says prosecutors can review this potential evidence.
“I think the D.A’s office simply needs to evaluate his credibility just like they would evaluate the credibility of any potential witness to determine the accuracy of his information and how he comes across and presents himslef to a jury,” stated Olszewski.
Efforts to reach Carman and Mazzino for comment have been unsuccessful. Galli is set to have a hearing later this month. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.