Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Xbox live sex scandal, man molest teen.

Crime: I got a serious issue not only with the perv, but with the teen.

A 26-year-old man was arrested on charges he molested a teenage boy he met through Microsoft Corp.'s popular Xbox Live online video game community, authorities said. Ronnie Brendan Watts, of Placerville, delayed entering a plea Wednesday to charges that include using the Internet to solicit a minor, said Donna Edwards, a spokeswoman for the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office. He is due back in court Jan. 20. Santa Rosa police arrested Watts on Dec. 15 after the 14-year-old boy revealed details of the alleged relationship to his mother. Detectives said Watts contacted the boy in October or November through the Xbox Live community, where players can battle online and speak to each other using headsets. Their conversations progressed to sending e-mails and Web cam videos, with Watts allegedly sending the boy obscene video clips of himself, authorities said. The teen eventually gave Watts his home address and telephone number and they met in a Santa Rosa park in November where the alleged physical abuse occurred. Police seized an Xbox console, a laptop computer and various cameras during a search of Watts' home in Placerville, which is about 150 miles east of Santa Rosa. An affidavit did not detail the contents of the items seized. Watts remained free on bail. He did not immediately return a telephone call Wednesday.
Someone sends you dirty clips of himself, he is 26 and you are 14, then you go and meet him in a park where you get molested. This shows you lack common sense. The guy was 14 years old, not four years old. The police think there are other people were involved which creeps me out that there could be some Xbox sex ring happening.
"....Police are reminding parents that the Internet provides a barrier of anonymity to people who prey on juveniles and that children should be instructed not to provide any personal information to anyone who contacts them online. Fehlman said the boy's parents were instrumental in getting Watts' identity and protecting their son. Police said the online game has many participants, mostly juveniles, and detectives are trying to locate the other players."

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