Man Uses League of Legends to Solicit Nude Photos From Minors
Andrew Hartung has been arrested for sexually exploiting boys he pursued while playing online video games.
Hartung, a resident of the Washington town of Kirkland, was arrested at his apartment under suspicion of soliciting nude photos from young boys playing Minecraft and League of Legends.
Detectives began investigating Hartung after a boy’s father reported an inappropriate text message exchange the two had shared. According to charging papers, Hartung had convinced the boy in question to pose nude on camera. Hartung had worked his into the good graces of the reporting child, as well as other boys, by posing as a wealthy teenage and buying them expensive in-game items.
Hartung himself was already supposed to be a registered sex offender due to his possession of child pornography. He never registered however and had, in turn, been living off record since 2002. Police raiding his home on April 18th, in turn, found a trio of DVDs containing movies of naked adolescent boys. Upon his arrest, Hartung was charged with two counts of communication with a minor for immoral purposes, three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of possession of child pornography.