The Civil Guard has arrested a 42-year-old sexual predator who contacted minors between the ages of 8 and 12 through online video games such as Fornite and Call of Duty and, after cajoling them with tricks, gifts and manipulations, he ended up demanding video calls with intimate sexual content in return.
Thus, the Central Operative Unit (UCO) of the Armed Institute is aware that the detainee, of Italian nationality, obtained more than 2,000 files of child pornography and abused, through these methods, at least 26 minors residing in different parts of the geography. Spanish.
Fortnite, Call of Duty or World of Warcraft were some of the video games that this alleged pedophile used to contact his victims, with whom he forged a lasting friendship over time, always through abuse of superiority and deception, until he led them to making video calls with sexual content in exchange for virtual gifts.
Researchers believe the number of victims may grow
Since his arrest last November, the Civil Guard has identified 26 victims between the ages of 8 and 12, although it is not ruled out that new ones will be detected in the coming months.
A court in Getafe (Madrid), in charge of the investigation, has charged the arrested person with 26 crimes of sexual abuse and recruitment for the production of child pornography.
The complaint of the parents of a 9-year-old boy from Malaga who suspected their son’s relationship with an adult has uncovered the case
The operation, called Fontane, began last July, when the parents of a 9-year-old boy from Malaga reported that they had suspicions about their son’s contacts with an adult through an online video game.
The UCO confirmed the existence of the relationship between the minor and the investigated, beginning to search the rest of the country to find other possible victims, giving absolute priority to the operation.
During the investigations, it was verified by the analysts of the Civil Guard that the alleged pedophile had accessed video games in which he contacted minors on more than 3,000 occasions in a period of two years.
A 42-year-old man arrested
More than 2,000 files of child pornography
Analyzing the computer material seized from the detainee, it was confirmed that he accumulated, both on mobile devices and in the cloud, more than 2,000 files of child pornography.
In addition, it was found that he had made 81 payments to accounts of video game users belonging to minors, which would correspond to the gifts with which he induced them to make the video calls from which he obtained the pedophilia files.
The parents of the minors located as victims so far were surprised to identify their children in the photographs that the civil guards showed them, since some of them claimed that the minors did not play the console without their supervision.
The detainee, Italian, was already deported to his country years ago
The detainee, who was already denounced in 2005, also offered himself as an activity monitor or English teacher for minors
According to sources close to the investigation, this alleged Italian pedophile was already denounced in 2005 for acts related to sexual abuse, but only one victim was identified.
The now detainee was deported to Italy and, years later, he returned to Spain, where months ago he allegedly began to commit these crimes against the sexual freedom of minors.
This man also offered himself as a sports instructor, camp instructor and English teacher, among other activities related to minors, although during the investigation it was not possible to verify that he was hired for any of these services.
The agents, however, have been aware of a case of physical sexual abuse of a minor, whom he met and deceived on a nudist beach, a place frequented by the detainee in view of the material that was intervened.