Man creates game that gives children points for doing sexual acts on the InternetBy Mason White 1:48 PM January 23, 2015
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By: Feng Qian
A man was arrested on charges of promoting a sexual performance by a child after allegedly creating a game that awards children who perform sexual acts on the Internet, prosecutors in New York said.
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced that 24-year-old Jorel Fowler, has been indicted on charges of engaging a young Oklahoma girl over the Internet.
The defendant was allegedly days away from traveling to see the teenager in person for sex when he was arrested for allegedly luring other children to play “The Game,” a program created by the defendant, which he used on the website Omegle, in which youngsters were awarded points for performing various activities online, including sexual acts.
Points could be earned for something as simple as a smile. The defendant was previously indicted for charges stemming from these actions.
Fowler of 98-38 57 Avenue in Corona, Queens, was originally arraigned in Queens Criminal Court, on a criminal complaint accusing him of engaging seven young girls over the Internet to participate in what he allegedly called “The Game.”
Fowler, who is being held in lieu of $1 million bond or $750,000 cash bail, was subsequently indicted on 44 counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child and 44 counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child.
The investigation was launched after the Oklahoma girl’s mother, who reported that her 13-year-old daughter had been chatting with someone in Queens, New York.
Police went to the defendant’s home in Corona, and with Fowler’s permission, removed his Asus laptop computer and an iPhone5.
Fowler was arrested following a forensic examination of the laptop’s hard drive after experts found seven videos titled Sarah, Tiffany & Britney, Katelyn, Julia, Gabrielle, Ashley and Alex.
The videos allegedly include text and video conversations between Fowler and different girls, all under 16 years of age.
The defendant had made arrangements to go to Altus, Oklahoma, to meet with the 13-year-old girl.
The victim had continued to have contact with Fowler between the time her mother first reported finding his photo on her daughter’s phone and the time of his arrest.
If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.