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Man used phone app to entice teen for sex

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Scott Backer (West Hartford police) Scott Backer (West Hartford police)

A former educator at Wesleyan University was arrested after police said he attempted to entice a minor for sex.

Police said West Hartford resident Scott Backer had been talking to who he thought was a 15-year-old girl on the phone app Yik Yak earlier this year. Backer had asked the “teen” to meet him at the Walmart in Cromwell.

However, the teen was, in fact, an adult male posing as a teenage girl online. The man confronted Backer at Walmart on Jan. 12, where he videotaped their encounter.

Police arrested Backer on Monday and charged with use of a computer to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. He is being held on a $150,000 bond.

Backer was fired from Wesleyan University last year after an investigation uncovered allegations of other sexual misconduct at his previous job at Vermont Academy, which is a college preparatory school. 

Backer's is the second arrest that can be directly attributed to the prey on predators website. A video of Baker was posted to Backer was arrested three months after his video was posted on the site. 

"It's a big relief, I feel like change is beginning to be made," POP Squad Founder Incognito said. 

Incognito said he wants his identity protected, so he can keep shining the light on local predators. For the past four months, Incognito has used his site to catch 40 suspects and had made a catch as recent as 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday. 

"People I didn't catch live, just on the chat logs, whether they were out of state, out of the country, well over 120," Incognito said. 

However, police said what Incognito is doing is dangerous and wish he'd leave it up to the trained professionals. 

"You never know how they're going to react," West Hartford Police Sgt. Tony Anderle said. "Are they going to run away? Are they going to attack you?"

Even though some would think pop squad is gift-wrapping cases for police, detectives told Eyewitness News it's not always that cut and dry. 

"That turns into problems when if you're going to turn that over to police with judicial problems," Anderle said. "There's reasons there's police officers in your neighborhood." 

Incognito told Eyewitness News he has no plans to stop and his goal is to ultimately make penalties for local offenders as strong and severe as possible. 

A link to his website showing all 40 confrontations can be found here.

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