Sex Offender Who Inspired New York's 'Operation Game Over' Sentenced

Richard Kretovic, whose sexual abuse of a 12-year-old boy inspired New York State's push to have all of its registered sex offenders permanently banned from Xbox Live and other major gaming services, was sentenced on Friday.

Kretovic, 20, only got six months in jail, but the larger punishment may be stripping his access to Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and other services. That's because Kretovic's mother says he has Asperger's Syndrome, so, I'm sure he'll take his lifetime permaban very well.

In early April, New York's attorney general announced the results of "Operation Game Over", in which the state worked with Microsoft, Sony, Apple, Blizzard Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Warner Bros and Disney Interactive Media Group to expunge accounts matching the email addresses, physical addresses and other identifying information of more than 3500 registered sex offenders in that state.

Kretovic's case was specifically cited by Eric Schneiderman, the state's attorney general, as motivation to ban sex offenders from online game services. Stories of predators abusing victims they met over online gaming networks have gotten wide publicity on local news and have been particularly concerning to parents and law enforcement.

"Operation Game Over" marked the first time New York State's sex offender registration laws had been applied to video games. Registrants are required to surrender email addresses and internet screennames to the state, among other information.

Greece Man Sentenced For Xbox Sexual Abuse Case [WHAM-TV via Game Politics]


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    "That’s because Kretovic’s mother says he has Asperger’s Syndrome, so, I’m sure he’ll take his lifetime permaban very well."

    Look, I know Owen's unlikely to read this, but this is so incredibly inappropriate.

      More like incredibly hilarious.

      What was written was probably supposed to quote the mother, but the way it's written is a bit misleading

        That’s because Kretovic’s mother says he has Asperger’s Syndrome, so, I’m sure he’ll take his lifetime permaban very well.

        That's not a quote. A quote has, you know, QUOTE marks, ie "blah blah". That's what Owen considers funny, making light of a child rapist being banned from Xbox Live. Not really a place for jokes. It's a interesting story ruined by a lame attempt at humour.

    I never understood why Sex Offenders are even given internet access to start with

      Hey, they may be monsters, but even monsters need to...i dunno, check bus timetables. Pay taxes online. Order hilarious T-shirts from overseas.

        It's nice to think of them as monsters, it makes it really easy to understand them. But an overwhelming majority of offenders (90% +) were sexually abused themselves. They're not monsters, they're just people with a broken perspective. They need help, not disdain.

      Here in Aus, it's mandatory to have internet access for things like uni courses, etc. Online interaction has become a massive part of our society, and it is almost impossible to get through life without at least partial access these days

        These are child rapists and you're telling me we can't take away their internet because it may inconvenience them? Really? They can pay their bills at the post office... or rot in prison. Either way.

    Where can i get one of those Iron Man themed gavels?

      I thought I might have been the only one to think that. Go us!

    I can see this being good and bad. I wouldrather the accounts being left active and being monitored. Thus keeping an eye on the individuals rather than pushing them further underground.

    Am I the only one who thinks that law is absolute bullshit?
    Sure, this man re-offended (he did didn't he?) but what about all the others that haven't, and aren't going to?

    And registered sex offenders is a very broad term, I know someone on there, whom, stupidly slept with someone under-age, whilst he was also under-age. He was charged, not put in jail, but his whole life is still ruined.

    tl;dr this is a bullshit law.

      ...so did the person he slept with get charged too?

    Wouldn't the best option be to ban of all social networks and put tracking programs on their computers that filter sites and alert authorities when they go on inappropriate sites. That way they will think before doing things like abusing others. Though I do feel sorry for them as they obviously have some very messed up morals.

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