ID is bringing Undercover Underage back for a second season, and SOSA’s Roo Powell is once again at the helm. If you follow true crime, ID always has a lot to offer, and if you watched the first season of Undercover Underage, you were probably pulled in immediately, as I was.
Season one of Undercover Underage featured Roo Powell and her team as they worked together with law enforcement in an effort to bust sexual predators who prey on young girls. Powell herself was the decoy, posing as multiple teen personas. The persona she used most often was 15-year-old Flori, and somehow, the 38-year-old mom was able to convincingly pull it off.
Of course, she used various tricks to disguise her real self, including wigs, makeup, fake braces, specific lighting, and, often, a hoodie pulled up to at least partially cover her face while she texted, video chatted or spoke on the phone with the would-be predators.
To make the decoy personas even more believable, Roo and her team create “sets” for the fake teens’ bedrooms, and social media profiles are fabricated. It all looks very realistic, as it must in order for cautious predators to believe that they are talking to a real girl.
Undercover Underage explores the emotional toll all of this takes
The series spent some time focusing on the personal toll this all took on Powell, who had the very difficult task of keeping her cool while she no doubt wanted to kill these guys. As a mother herself, it has to be very difficult for her to be face-to-face (so to speak) with people who prey on kids.
Powell is also the founder of SOSA (Safe from Online Sex Abuse), a non-profit organization that works to raise awareness about online child sex abuse and exploitation.
Season two sees the SOSA team relocated to Canadian County, Oklahoma, where they are working with the sheriff’s office. From the description, it doesn’t seem as though Roo herself is posing as a teen this season, as she instead guides three new decoys who are deployed to help. In this case, there are fake online accounts created for 12, 14 and 15-year old decoys, and we are told that 16 arrests will be featured in the new season.
Returning to the series with Roo Powell are social media lead Shelby Chikazawa and photographer/visuals lead Matt Monath. New additions to the series will include SOSA’s director of communications Jordan Perez, Major Adam Flowers of Canadian County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Chris West.
Season two of Undercover Underage consists of eight episodes, and the first episode will premiere on Monday, May 1 at 9:00 ET on ID. Episodes will be available to stream the same day on discovery+.
Did you watch the first season of Undercover Underage? Are you planning to watch season two? Tell us what you think about the series in the comments section.