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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Adults who call their Facebook groups of vigilantes “predator catchers” are pretending to be teens to solicit possible child predators.

The phenomenon has become a problem for police. “We, as an agency, we don’t support what it is that they are doing. We don’t endorse what it is they are doing,” said Capt. Ron Galaviz, chief public information officer for the Indiana State Police.

In the past six months, so-called “predator catcher” Facebook groups in Indiana have pretended to be teen girls on the internet to lure in a Portland, Indiana, police officer and a Lebanon High School band teacher. The teacher was charged with child solicitation, which did not involve a student, authorities said. The police officer has not been charged.

Galaviz said that the Facebook groups “are putting themselves in harm’s way. They are also making it a little bit more difficult, and quite a bit more…

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