Man Used Online Game To Lure Kids Into Sending Sexually Explicit Videos

Authorities have identified at least 67 victims from around the world and believe there could be more. Crimes took place on Wizard101.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Online gaming is incredibly popular with adults and kids alike. One man allegedly used Wizard101, a multiplayer online game, to befriend kids and lure them into child pornography. According to KTLACushqader Warren of Los Angeles has been arrested for asking children to send him sexually explicit videos.

Authorities believe that Warren uploaded YouTube videos to tell children that they could win a free game card in exchange for sexually explicit videos. The 22-year-old was taken into custody yesterday—and later booked on suspicion of felony lewd and lascivious acts— after police searched his house.

"I didn't know it was illegal at the time," Warren told KTLA. "I had no idea...I'm so sorry." 

Authorties were alerted into the investigation by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Facebook when it appeared that Warren was uploading child pornography. They have identified at least 67 victims from around the world and believe there could be more.

Wizard101 markets itself as a free online game for kids. The game description is a "Wizard school adventure game featuring collectible card magic, pets, and duels."

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