What would you do to join a clan? Write an application? Make a video? Send someone photos of your genitals?
Apparently, that’s what some people do. In 2008, 20-year old New Jersey man told his mates that he was starting up a new Call of Duty: World at War clan, and in order to join, they’d have to email him pictures of their privates. While some protested at first, at least four boys (aged 13 and 14 at the time) got out the camera and took the incriminating photographs.
Unfortunately, clan leader Jonathan Prime probably won’t be playing too much CoD these days, as he faces four felony charges relating to seeking and receiving explicit photos of underage children.
The story unfolds like any other – the boys met Prime through mutual friends on Xbox Live in 2008, and started playing FPS with him, chatting via headsets. After a while, Prime started asking more personal questions about the boys, and the conversations moved to the telephone.
Most of the phonecalls were innocent enough, but the court has heard Prime did request additional explicit photos of one of the boys, and allegedly engaged in phone sex with the teenager.
When confronted about his behaviour, Prime claimed ignorance, and explained that he believed the boys to be 14 or 15 – an argument the prosecutor just doesn’t buy:
“The defendant knew they were 14 years old because the victims often talked about school.
The defendant reported that his ‘clan’ included boys aged 13-24 and most of the boys sent pictures to him.”
Seattle prosecutors are charging Prime with four counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes (he’s being held on US$25,000 bail), but it doesn’t stop there – they’ve also uncovered the fact that Prime was previously convicted in New Jersey on a child pornography charge related to the case.
Source: Seattle PI