Resident Evil 5 May Have Exposed Child To Real Evil

A father in the Canadian province of British Columbia contacted the police on Monday after receiving sexually explicit messages from a man his 12-year-old daughter had met playing while Resident Evil 5.

The father, a resident of Nanaimo, British Columbia, told authorities that the message exchange began on Monday when his daughter was engaged in an online multiplayer game of Resident Evil 5 for the PlayStation 3. The conversation soon moved to a laptop his daughter was using. The father took the laptop tried to ascertain the identity of the man she was communicating with, at which point the messenger became antagonistic and the messages became sexually explicit.

"It was scary," said the father on Tuesday. "He started saying some very obscene things to me. These are openings to potential sex offenders, really."

While the sexually explicit messages were not about his daughter specifically, they were so disturbing the father called the police, and an investigation is now underway.

The father later discovered that the person sending the messages, who claimed to be a 22-year-old man from overseas, had allegedly been communicating with his daughter via email for two months.

Is this another case of an older man prowling for children via online gaming? It's hard to say. The story doesn't mention any sexually explicit emails or communications with the daughter aside from the incident on Monday. It may have just been an immature reaction to suddenly facing the questioning of a parent. Indeed there is no indication that the alleged predator knew the child's age at all.

However there is a clear message here. Whatever this man's intentions were, he allegedly spent two months communicating with the daughter without her father's knowledge. Incidents like this might be avoided with more parental supervision of internet and online gaming time.

I'll let someone else argue whether or not a 12-year-old girl should be playing Resident Evil 5.

Police called in after man targets girl online [Canada.com]


Comments

    "These are openings to potential sex offenders, really."

    Seriously?

    Hansel and Gretel all over again. Why not just take your child out into the woods and abandon her.

    Leave here to surf the internet and play video games crafted for an adult audience completely unsupervised.

    Child predators are scary, complacent parents are terrifying.

    Pretty one sided at the moment. how old did he think the 12 year was?

    12 year old playing Resident Evil 5? Online? With random people? Unsupervised?

    Problem is staring you right in the face. I think my first sentence explains it all.

    Parents need to take responsibility for being parents instead of just spawning offsprings that will be looked after by the NannyStation or Auntie360 and their strange friends from abroad.

    Why was a 12yr old playing Resident Evil 5? isnt it MA 15+? his own fault imo

    An unsupervised child was playing a game explicitly stated to be for adults (or at least older teenagers depending on your country)? No matter what the other guy said to her, it's pathetic to cry over the "bad man" when the father himself is a "bad man" for exposing his daughter to mature content. These parents need to stop being so pathetic and grow up and parent their own kids for once.

    From the looks of it he was supervising her, the only thing he didn't know about was the emails.

    Way to lay the blame solely at the feet of the parent again, everyone. The fact that the game was Resident Evil 5 is incidental, the exact same thing can happen on LittleBigPlanet or ModNation or any other number of online-playable games that even the Kotaku Moral Police would attest to being PG rated.

    He seems- from what we read- to have been supervising her satisfactorily, except for the hidden email communication, which is more an issue of a 12 yr old wanting to be grown-up, as well as a 22 yr old with intentions that seem cloudy-at-best. Much like South Park's Shelley Marsh and Skyler.

    Dont' seek to absolve the predator by looking at the weaknesses on the side of the victim. That thinking leads to hijab-wearing and she-asked-for-it defences.

    Your article title should have been "Another parent may have exposed child to real evil".

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