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IL: ‘Predator hunter’ leader indicted after alleged sting operation to trap supposed sexual predators

[nbcnews.com – 5/28/21]

An Illinois man who created a Facebook group known to track potential sexual predators was charged in connection with a sting operation that went awry in early January, prosecutors said Monday.

Kyle Swanson, 30, was indicted on a charge of unlawful restraint, obstruction of justice and assault in connection with his involvement with the KTS Predators Hunter Organization, according to court records. For more than two years, the vigilante group has posed as children on social media, tricked men into meeting up at public spaces in Illinois and uploaded YouTube videos of them confronting the supposed pedophiles.

During a Jan. 12 incident, prosecutors alleged that Swanson “enticed” a man into his car under a false pretense, refused to let him exit the vehicle and threatened to hit him, the charging document said. Because of Swanson, prosecutors alleged that the man deleted evidence of a crime from his phone.

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It’s against GoFundMe TOS to set up campaigns for legal fees. Report it to get it taken down. Let this guy figure out on his own how to pay his fees.

SR, before I consider filing a complaint I’d like to know if what you said is true. Please include a link to the “no legal fees” policy that proves what you said. I don’t see any policy like that on https://www.gofundme.com/terms

“9. for the legal defense of alleged crimes associated with hate, violence, harassment, bullying, discrimination, terrorism, or intolerance of any kind relating to race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, serious disabilities or diseases, financial crimes or crimes of deception;”

It’s about half way down the TOS where the “I won’t do this” is listed.

I don’t have a link, but I think SR is right. I’ve seen GoFundMe campaigns taken down in response to complaints about this—typically when political groups target one another’s attempts to bail out their protestors / rioters / insurgents. That said, I don’t know how I feel about interfering in raising bail money, even for someone who would likely support my indefinite detention were the tables reversed.

You should feel like doing it because we’re in an actual war today and you’re on a particular side. Sorry, but it’s that simple. We need to use whatever tools are at our disposal to take these scumbags down. The problem isn’t with the tools but with their scarcity.

I know exactly how I feel. He actively and with malice pursued vigilante justice. Time for him to experience the pains of the real thing.

@Roger H,

It is not against TOS to set up GoFundMe for legal fees in fact they even have a page about doing this however I think this particular legal defense does seem to violate their TOS
9. “for the legal defense of alleged crimes associated with hate, violence, harassment, bullying, discrimination, terrorism, or intolerance of any kind relating to race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, serious disabilities or diseases, financial crimes or crimes of deception;”

Dosen’t say sex offenders

Regardless of whether it is true or not that defense funds are against their TOS, they are aiding and abetting vigilantism, criminal assault and false imprisonment. That should be enough. Unfortunately, none of their check boxes describe the egregiousness of this fund-me so I went with “libel” and then explained in the statement following it that it wasn’t libel but criminal assault, etc. That’s the problem with these programs, they almost never provide a means for reporting vigilantism, threats and assault by someone who wasn’t the actual victim. They’re poorly conceived.

Is there a GoFundMe set up to help pay for his prosecution?

Praying on people for clout and YouTube views now he’s changed with unlawful restraint, obstruction of justice and assault.
All the that YouTube money he made off enticing people on the internet is now being spent in court fighting for his life.
I don’t think this guy will get any jail time if found guilty the DA office will most likely offer him probation to make an example out of him and let these vigilante YouTubers know not interfere with Law Enforcement’s bred and butter creating (SEXOFFENDERS).

Good luck 😡

That might be wishful thinking.

Here’s an update with lots of comments against him. Used to be no one would comment without praise.

A vigilante ‘predator hunter’ clashed with police and prosecutors. Now, he’s the one facing felony charges.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/05/28/vigilante-predator-hunter-kyle-swanson/

End of story. Oh, the irony!

“Past few days have been hell for me,” Swanson said in a Facebook post on Wednesday. “Nothing like getting up, opening your phone and seeing your mug shot everywhere. I know it’s not just me, but I feel like my picture is every third post on my timeline.”

He’s asking for prayers. Sounds like a good (sarcasm on) Christian.

Well, that is good news. I’m sick of these self righteous vigilantes. How many children have been shot by the result of gang violence? If these tough guys care so much for justice go do some stings on the gang members that keep killing kids. Or how about drug dealers. Many of the outlaw motorcycle gangs are distributing drugs that claim the lives of dozens of children every day, so come on tough guys, go set up a bogus meeting with them and get some evidence on video to turn over to the police. These vigilantes hide on the computer and pretend to be kids They entrap people. They entice them, lure them in. They are predators themselves.

When I monitor these types
of things, the men involved inevitably strike me as
sleazy—the kind of men who might, if life took a different turn, become cult leaders who form harems and kick young men out when they come of age (Mormon polygamy cults tend to do this). Just look at this garbage fire: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/crime/amp/harris-county-deputy-sex-assault-lawsuit-16198684.php

These are not men who care about sex crime victims. These are
men who like hunting other men and indulging in their fantasies while doing it.

🤢

Last edited 24 days ago by AERO1

It often takes time, but Karma does eventually come around!

He’s lucky it wasn’t a shotgun to the face that put this wanna-be-cop-but-couldn’t-pass-the-physical out of action.

My prayer is that Swanson gets convicted and thrown in prison. He’ll be the poster boy of what happens to vigilantes.

And he’ll find out they don’t like rats, even “good” rats. 🙂

I’ve been following this case and this guy proves how dangerous broadcasts, like the Sex offender registry, are. It is not a coincidence that the people so commonly use the information data to do harm. Why should the not? Those who are misusing the database for their own personal gain are in reality, following their leadership as promulgated from the 1994 OMNIBUS that created the first electronic domestic surveillance system commonly known as sex offender registries. Fact is immediately upon the birth of the internet our damn poor and nasty leadership chose to utilize the new database driven infrastructure to engage ad hominen public attacks upon the people’s character without process!!!

Today Congress itself is under attack.

I know nothing of how gofundme works, but why did Kyle Swanson designate Angel Sewell as the beneficiary at gofundme when Kyle Swanson could designate the money to himself? That’s where it’s really going anyway, isn’t it? His gofundme page does not say who Angel Sewell is.

Last edited 22 days ago by Ditto

Wouldn’t it be funny if Angel Sewell is this Angel Sewell, convicted of theft by deception greater than $10,000, which happens to be the gofundme goal to hire an attorney, even though Swanson already has an attorney.

http://kool.corrections.ky.gov/KOOL/Details/336153

Yes, it would be funny.

I sure hope the people in FL (https://all4consolaws.org/2021/06/fl-civilian-sex-stings-aim-at-street-justice/) are paying attention.

Looks like he’s closing shop:

“Swanson, a U.S. Army combat veteran, said last month that legal problems have worsened his post-traumatic stress disorder.”

‘Predator hunter’ moves to dissolve organization and fight charges in Madison County | State and Regional | pantagraph.com

Boo hoo he has PSTD from being a vigilante. As a Veteran he should understand freedom and the constitution.

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