Sony Interactive Leisure fired George Cacioppo, a senior vice chairman in its engineering division, after he allegedly appeared in a YouTube pedophilia sting video.
YouTube channel Folks vs. Preds, which streamed the encounter Friday, is a vigilante group that conducts newbie sting operations to show alleged predators. Cacioppo is accused of inviting a 15-year-old boy over for intercourse over Grindr and textual content messages, based on Folks vs. Preds. Sony instructed CNET Sunday that Cacioppo had been “terminated from employment.”
Cacioppo labored at Sony on its PlayStation Community, based on his LinkedIn profile. He’d been with the corporate for greater than eight years earlier than his termination. Folks vs. Preds’ video reveals a cameraperson approaching a house at the hours of darkness, with Cacioppo, sporting a PlayStation 5 T-shirt, reportedly standing exterior. When the cameraperson confronts the person, he walks again into the home and shuts the door. Folks vs. Preds additionally revealed chat logs whereby Cacioppo seems to inviting an individual, pretending to be a 15-year-old, over for sexual acts.
A Folks vs. Preds consultant instructed Kotaku that it turned over proof to police after posting the video publicly. “The police division doesn’t work with ‘Cyber teams’ like us,” the consultant mentioned. “That’s when the web takes over.”
Sony has not responded to Polygon’s request for remark.