Kirkland Sex Offender Lured Children Through Online Video Games
(CBS Seattle)— A Kirkland man has been charged with sexually exploiting a boy that he met through online video games, and is suspected of soliciting photos from others, according to the Seattle PI.
The man made contact with a 12-year-old Colorado boy after playing “Minecraft” and “League of Legends” with him online. According to Arapahoe County detectives, the man reportedly sent the boy text messages and lavish gifts, and eventually lured the boy into exposing himself on camera. The 12-year-old boy was under the impression that the 34-year-old Kirkland man was just 15 years old.
The man was also in contact with two other boys he met online.
Kirkland police told the Seattle PI that the man had already been convicted of child pornography over a decade ago, but had failed to register as a sex offender. According to the Seattle PI, the man had been living without registration since 2002.
Since the man wasn’t registered as a sex offender, he was also able to live in an apartment complex with multiple children nearby.
According to the Seattle PI, the man has been charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and remains jailed on $500,000 bail.
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