An Oklahoma beauty poses for predators. Lauren Nelson is using her Miss America crown to crusade for Internet safety. So she was eager to be the bait that lured suspected predators into authorities' hands. Hidden cameras, undercover cops, and suspected child molesters, itâ€™s territory the Miss America organization never thought it would be a part of. The News On 6â€™s Scott Thompson reports that's why administrators were leery to let Nelson join "America's Most Wanted" sex sting.
Each of the suspects she waved into a New York house thought they were chatting online with an underage girl. Instead, it was Nelson, helping police capture potential predators before they have a chance to strike. Nelson says it only took moments for her online conversations to become inappropriate, with men eager to meet the new friend in person. She says she realizes that it's not the Miss America "wave", but Nelson hopes this wave makes America's kids safer.
Four men were arrested in the sting. Seven others who never made it into the house are also in custody.
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