Man accused of luring child over video game network - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

Man accused of luring child over video game network

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WORCESTER, Mass. (WHDH) - Police in Worcester arrested a man who they say had a 10-year-old boy send sexually explicit videos of himself over a video game network.

The 21-year-old Worcester man, who went by the name “Zombie Shadow” on the Playstation 3 network allegedly talked to the boy for three months.

Investigators say the man had the boy email videos of himself doing sexual acts.

The man’s grandmother told 7News she doesn’t believe it.

“He's like my pet child, he’s always been my baby. I can't imagine him doing anything to get in trouble,” she said.

Police say while talking thru the game's headset feature the suspect the man "...told the child that someone was trying to kill (him) and that the child could help him by providing sexually explicit videos of himself..."

Police say the suspect even directed the child on what to do in the videos.

The 21-year-old was arrested at his Worcester home Friday and immediately brought him to Albany to face a judge.

Parents in Worcester say the case raises new concerns about the safety of children.

“Not only can the child play a game with somebody across the country of the world, which is fine, you wouldn’t think that they'd be able contact them and predators could go looking for them and be able to scoop them up,” Tony Tomasiello said.

The man is being held in Albany until he appears before a judge Monday.

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