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Vigilant YouTube group allegedly forced Sony Exec to try to meet teenagers

A senior executive has been fired from Sony after being exposed for allegedly engaging in sexual activity and attempting to meet someone posing as an underage male teenager.

YouTube channel The People v. The Preds, which have more than 15,000 followers, are said to have captured George Cacioppo during a surgery. Cacioppo was formerly Senior Vice President at Sony Interactive Entertainment.

When contacted by email, a representative for People v. Preds told the Daily Dot that Cacioppo contacted the group’s “decoys” in October and more recently on Thursday night, engaging in a conversation that ended with him arranging to meet the boy on Thursday morning. Six. at 4 a.m., despite knowing his age.

Cacioppo identified himself as “Jeff” in text chat and his LinkedIn profile matched the man seen in the video. In a statement to CNET on Sunday, Sony acknowledged the problem and said the company has fire him. Sony did not immediately respond to Daily Dot’s request for comment.

The short video shows the decoy Walk up Cacioppo is located in the driveway of an affluent neighborhood in San Diego.

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“Hey, how’s it going, Jeff?” the man asked as he walked over to Cacioppo, who was wearing a PlayStation 5 shirt. “Who are you meeting with Jeff tonight?”

As the camera drew closer, Cacioppo turned around and entered his house, trying to close the door behind him.

“Jeff, we can talk, or I can call the police, Jeff!” said bird of prey.

Cacioppo closed the door and said, “No.”

“You want me to call the police? Okay, I’ll call the police! ‘ the bird of prey chirped outside the door.

Then the prey announces, “You’ve invited a 15+ year old to have sex tonight!” He asked Cacioppo if he wanted to chat or keep the neighborhood informed about the situation.

When Cacioppo didn’t respond, the prey shouted toward the street, “Sorry everyone, this man asked a 15-year-old boy to have sex with him tonight!”

The screenshot shows a Grindr message between a person claiming to be a 15-year-old boy and the man believed to be Cacioppo. The conversation included a discussion of sexual activity even after the older man was told that the person he was talking to was underage.

Prey said they were 15 years old on two occasions. The alleged Cacioppo did not appear to have responded to any of the statements in their chat. During part of the conversation, the user asked Cacioppo what they would do when they met.

“Closing, kissing, by mouth” who is said to be Cacioppo wrote.

He added that he didn’t want to have penetrative sex with the user, who then asked if Cacioppo wanted him to shower before they met.

“Are you clean?” Cacioppo asked.

“Yes, I’m only fifteen,” said the decoy. “It’s good to post it lol.”

Cacioppo quickly followed up to ask if the person was on his way to see him.

Timestamps show that the conversation took place between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m., and the founder of People suing Peds confirms that the text exchange took place early Friday morning.

Cacioppo also requires decoys for dodgy photos. Then he asked the person if they were “really 15 years old”.

“What? Lol,” said the decoy.

“How old are you?” Cacioppo asked.

“I just turned 15 two weeks ago,” said the decoy. “I’m sorry.”

“Too bad,” Cacioppo said. He then went on to ask him more about the decoy’s preference for sexual activities and asked for a dick photo.

The photos were shared via Google drive by the People v. Peds on their YouTube page. While the screenshots are separate, timestamps on the text messages show that Cacioppo continued the conversation despite knowing the decoy’s age and asking what they liked about sex.

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A representative for The People suing Peds told the Daily Dot that the San Diego County District Attorney’s office did not “feel the need to prosecute these cases” because the group was not part of law enforcement and “did not have the child.” were actually harmed” in the process.

The Daily Dot has contacted the DA office for comment.


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*First published: December 7, 2021, 6:02 p.m. CST

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