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American man charged with luring Ontario girl via Fortnite: police

American man charged with luring Ontario girl via Fortnite: police
American man charged with luring Ontario girl via Fortnite: police

A 51-year-old Richmond, Kentucky man allegedly lured a 10-year-old child through the video game Fortnite and exchanged “images of a sexual nature,” police east of Toronto said.

Police in Port Hope, Ontario, a community about an hour’s drive east of Toronto, said in a news release issued Tuesday that a resident reported the incident involving her daughter on Jan. 13 after discovering the child’s $6,000 phone bill.

It is suspected that the girl met the man online while playing Fortnite and that he asked for her phone number.

“The number was given by the child, which led to text messages and phone calls. During the conversations, the man wanted the child to be his girlfriend and pushed to develop the relationship,” police said.

The investigation revealed that if the child did not do what the 51-year-old man asked her to do, he would tell her parents about the relationship, police allege.

During their alleged relationship, police said, “images of a sexual nature” were exchanged between the suspect and the victim.

Following the police report filed earlier this year, Port Hope police contacted Homeland Security Investigation, a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The suspect’s whereabouts were determined to be in Richmond, Kentucky.

A coordinated effort by U.S. officials, Ontario Provincial Police and Port Hope Police led to the arrest of a 51-year-old suspect, whom police did not name, on charges of child luring.

Police say the man also violated his parole and now faces seven other unknown charges.

He remains in police custody in the U.S., Port Hope police said.