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Man Accused of Using XB Live to Solicit Child Porn

A man in Florida is facing 16 counts of possession of child pornography after he allegedly used the service to obtain inappropriate images of a 10-year old boy. Timothy Hammerstone is said to have invited the boy to join his gaming team and paid him Microsoft points in exchange for naked images. Bay News 9 reports that the boy was paid 1,600 points (about $20) for 40 different photographs.

Sheriff Grady Judd told BN9 that Hammerstone invited the Californian boy to be his friend on Xbox Live using an anonymous account.

"He created those accounts so that they could keep their communications confidential from their parents," Judd said.

This isn't the first time we've heard of people using Xbox Live or similar services to obtain child pornography. In June of this year, a man used Call of Duty's multiplayer mode to solicit images of teenage boys. Jonathan Prime, 20, told the boys that he was starting a clan but said that to become a member, the boys must send him a photo of their genitals.

  • furylicious
    So... let me get this straight. A 10 year old boy, unmonitored by his parents, somehow got in contact with a complete stranger through the XBOX Live, and then took 40 pictures of himself naked and sent them over? Wow, and Parent of the Year goes to...
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  • eklipz330
    furyliciousSo... let me get this straight. A 10 year old boy, unmonitored by his parents, somehow got in contact with a complete stranger through the XBOX Live, and then took 40 pictures of himself naked and sent them over? Wow, and Parent of the Year goes to...GOES TO THIS GUY!! ^^^
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  • Darkerson
    I hope this sick bastard gets whats coming to him. Granted, the parents should have never left their child unattended playing on Xbox Live, but still, the guy also knew better himself, or should have.
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  • xophaser
    the guy was from "Polk City" wow.

    These people(especially this guy) are sick and need to be in jail. There is no way to try to flip this story. People that are blaming the kid/parents are basically denying any wrong doing with this guy aka defend him and are in the same boat.
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  • calmstateofmind
    Just disgusting...
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  • the last resort
    this guy isnt the one solely wrong. both parents and this man are of equal guilt.
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  • razor512
    It is like kids get stupider each year. I bet microsoft will eventually add a feature in which when a account is created, if the user is under a certain age, they have to enter a special password or a email is sent to a parent for confirmation before any images are sent.

    for the people that try to get child porn, put them in jail and fine them for expenses due to them being in prison. Our tax money should not go to keep criminals fed and healthy.
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  • pirateboy
    the parents should be suckerpunched in the ballz
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  • aaron686
    Thats what happens when you replace the babysitter with a box.
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  • cranium
    I don't want to downplay this man's actions, but when people do things like this and actually believe they'll get away with it, you gotta wonder if they aren't legitimately, mentally handicapped.
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