A 19-year-old from Greece, New York, that identifies himself on Xbox Live as a "homosexual furry" has been arrested and charged for allegedly sexually abusing a boy under the age of 13 he met while playing on Xbox Live.
According to authorities, Richard Kretovic, who goes by the Xbox Live gamertag Formic Hivemind met his alleged victim while playing games on Xbox Live. Upon discovering that the alleged victim was also a resident of Greece, Kretovic set up a meeting. It was during this meeting that police say he sexually abused the young boy.
The boy's mother, suspecting her child had been sexually abused, contacted authorities. Their investigation led them directly to Kretovic. He is being charged with first-degree criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child. Police say the child is "making adjustment but doing well".
Formic Hivemind was last seen on Xbox Live playing Halo: Reach on April 15. A quick search of Xbox.com revealed his profile, in which the following bio was written.
You're my Number One, Kogi. I'll always love you... BTW, I'm a homosexual furry. Troll if you please, I'm always looking for new challengers >=3 My cute Li'l brothers, Kogi-kun, Andy, Curtis, Izzy, Lynxie, Thundy-kun, Tornado, and Tully, My Big brother, Skiski, My sweet little sisters, Luna, Jinxxy, Kitkat, and Courtney, My big sisters, Spir and Kittykitty My nephews, Nicka, Leo and Cale and my Cousin, TunnelingPigeon
Now I have no beef with furries myself. Some have even suggested that I am one, though the closest thing I own to a fursuit is a thick coating of body hair. While this incident certainly hurts their case, not all furries are sexual deviants.
Still, the description in Formic Hivemind's Xbox gamertag profile would definitely throw up a red flag for any parent closely monitoring their young child's online time.
In the end, this is just another example of why children shouldn't be allowed free access to the internet, no matter how innocent the means of connecting may seem. My children aren't even going to know the internet exists until they're old enough to own guns.
Man charged with abusing child he met on Xbox Live [Democrat and Chronicle]
Update: Xbox Live game leads to sex abuse arrest [WEHC News 10 - Thanks, Dan]