According to a Florida attorney, an alleged child predator is thought to have used Fortnite’s in-game voice chat to lure his victims.
With widespread popularity comes inevitable negative energy. Unfortunately it seems that Fortnite is being used as a platform for child predators to contact and lure children.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody backs these claims in her report against Anthony Gene Thomas, a 41-year-old Floridian who is accused of unlawful sex with a minor and possession of various forms of child pornography.
…Thomas first contacted the victim through the popular online game Fortnite. Authorities believe there could be as many as 20 additional victims.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “This case is disturbing not only because it involves child pornography, but also because a popular online game was used to communicate with the victim”…
“Additionally, parents need to know that predators will use any means possible to target and exploit a child. I am asking parents and guardians to please make sure you know who your children meet online, and talk to them about sexual predators.”
According to the investigation, a co-conspirator made contact with the victims through the popular online game Fortnite. After developing a relationship with the victim, the co-conspirator then used Fortnite to introduce the victim to Thomas.
It’s very dispiriting to hear of these occurrences, we can only hope that justice is served and the victim is given the necessary help.
Be safe out there.