And they all had something in common: the same excuse.
Instant messaging on the computer has become the phone for kids today.
Children spend hours chatting online with their friends, and sometimes with strangers.
A recent study found that one in five children online is approached by a sexual predator, a predator who may try to set up a face-to-face meeting.
In a Dateline hidden camera investigation, correspondent Chris Hansen catches some of these men in the act.
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To follow the trail of an Internet predator prowling for children, from seduction in a chat room to a face-to-face meeting, Dateline rented a house, wired it with hidden cameras, and enlisted the help of an online vigilante group called "Perverted Justice." Volunteers from the group posed as teens in chat rooms, saying they were home alone and interested in sex.
Within hours there were men literally lining up at our door.
The men who turned up in our investigation included a New York City firefighter and a man with a history of mental illness and a criminal record.
You don't have to put them up." Steve: "Okay, no problem, I know what's going on I'm not stupid."Hansen: "So you were suspicious from the beginning?
" Steve: "Of course I am, I'm always suspicious." Hansen: "Always? " Steve: "No this is the first time I've actually, did show up to see what was going on." Hansen: "And you expect me to believe that." Steve: "Yes, yes I do." In two-and-a-half days, 18 men show up at our house after making a date on the Internet to commit statutory rape.
When 34-year-old Eddie arrives, he tries something none of the others did.