New York TV anchor caught on video trying to meet underage boy for sex

New York TV anchor and minor local celebrity Zach Wheeler was caught by a group that exposes online sexual predators when he allegedly tried to meet up with a 15-year-old boy for sexual activities, and now he may be out of a job.

The group, known as “607 Predator Hunters,” posted a video of Wheeler as they confronted him at a store where he was allegedly attempting to meet the boy.

In the video, Wheeler initially denied he was meeting the boy, then said he wanted to warn him to “get off these apps.”

When the group didn’t buy his excuse, though, Wheeler began to accuse them of trying to “ruin people’s lives.”


“Why do you guys do this to gay and lesbian people?” he asked, even though the group is not limited to searching out gay or lesbian pedophiles only, but anyone who tries to meet up with children.

Wheeler went on to accuse them of trying to “ruin my whole entire life” and told them he is “going to lose my job and everything.”

He also accused them of engaging in “cancel culture” because of his job, which puts him in the public eye.

He then appeared to offer them money or exposure for their group on his news broadcast.


The news station where Wheeler works, local NBC affiliate WETM in the Elmira area, posted a statement about the video on Sunday.

“WETM has been made aware of a video posted to YouTube regarding one of our employees,” the Facebook statement said. “The local group that posted the video claims that the employee engaged in inappropriate behavior. WETM management is looking into the questions raised by the video, and the employee will remain off the air until the situation is resolved. No charges have been filed in connection with the video.”

Fox News noted that Wheeler is no longer listed on the “Meet the Team” section of the news station’s website. An updated statement on Monday says that Wheeler is no longer an employee of the news organization.

As for 607 Predator Hunters, it claims that it wants to expose child predators and protect the community. “Their true ‘behind closed doors’ activities can be eye-opening,” the group said. “It’s our job to help make the local area aware and expose these individuals.”

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