In what started out as a prank, two Bronx students successfully Chris Hansen’ed their school’s computer technician that gave them a creepy vibe. Straight out of an episode of “To Catch A Predator”, the two students, decided to bait the teacher by using a fictitious profile of a 16 year old girl. “It started out as a little joke. People used to say things about him and I wanted to see if it was true,” said one of the pranksters. “I never intended for him to get fired.”
According to a report by the Special Commissioner of Investigation, the 16-year-old male-and-female detective duo told city investigators they created “Sarah Archer,” a fake profile, “to engage Eckstein in conversation because they suspected that he behaved inappropriately with young girls”.
Kevin Eckstein, a 38-year-old single father of two and computer technician at Cinema School, fell for the bait. Just like they knew he would. According to the New York Post:
Eckstein told the fake teen she was cute, invited her to visit him at the school and asked her out on dinner dates over several months last summer — though it was clear to him that she was 16, city investigators said. He also asked her what she did for fun and revealed his interest in photography immediately after she claimed to be a model, according to the investigation.
Although Eckstein denies any wrongdoing, and claims he was a victim of a prank by two students that didn’t like him, his history with another student proves he’s not so squeaky clean. Before this incident, Eckstein exchanged Facebook emails with a student that subsequently dropped out. During the investigation, the student claimed Eckstein invited her out to dinner several times last year. Taking both incidents into account, Eckstein was fired from his position on August 12, 2012.