Following an arrest in Seattle ultimate week, the co-creator of the video sport collection Counter-Strike has now been formally charged with the crime of industrial sexual abuse of a minor.
The King County Prosecutor’s Place of business issued the charge to 36-year-ancient activity developer and Valve Tool employee Jess Cliffe on Monday, alongside the unlock of a announcement of possibly cause. This file repeats many facts from Friday’s bail listening to at a King County courthouse, which initially disclosed accusations of distinctive instances of sexual contact with a minor, which include one illustration of videotaping an come across.
The listed “juvenile sufferer” was 16 years historical at the time of the alleged incidents, and she or he became before everything talked about Seattle Police by Child Defensive Products and services by means of “reviews of CSEC [Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children] activities.” The woman (who has now not been recognized via Seattle Police) defined that she had used the web page SeekingArrangement.com to “meet with men who supplied to pay her cash to have sex together with her.” Subscriber counsel for the mobile number of one man matched Cliffe’s title and residence address.
As pointed out within the bail hearing, the alleged sufferer accused Cliffe of filming their remaining sexual encounter. Monday’s statement said what she informed investigators what occurred after that come upon: in a motor vehicle experience returned to her local, the alleged victim pointed out the workable illegality of their arrangement (to which Cliffe allegedly “countered that it turned into technically legal as he was paying her for her time”). Then she virtually accused him in that motor vehicle ride of filming toddler pornography. She “determined towards it as to not upset him in addition to the undeniable fact that he may perhaps no longer be certain that he become attentive to her true age of sixteen years,” she told investigators.
Police subsequently served warrants to AT&T, Verizon, and SeekingArrangement.com, which published messages despatched between Cliffe and the alleged sufferer on June 5 and 6 of final yr and pictures that matched Cliffe’s appearance. Police went to Cliffe’s residence on the night time of January 31 to inform him he become “named in an assault investigation,” and he met investigators hours later.
After being suggested of his Miranda rights, Cliffe validated to investigators his use of distinct internet sites to prepare dates with adult females, and that, every now and then, these protected “arrangements” that included “check for their time.” (He described one among those sites’ URLs as SugarDaddyArrangement.com, which investigators had no longer tracked at the time.) He denied recognizing pics of the alleged victim.
Moments later, Cliffe was provided with message logs despatched by means of his bills to the girl, and he observed he “turned into unable to don’t forget or connect the communications or every other recollections to pics” of her. Still, he corroborated adequate of the guidance that investigators had already prevalent, inclusive of the alleged sufferer’s actual description, a number of her private history tips, and the logistics of how the date began and ended. All this known “likely motive” inside the eyes of King County investigators. (In his description of the alleged victim, Cliffe instructed investigators that the girl “gave the impression to be 23 years historic.”)
Cliffe’s subsequent hearing is scheduled for February 25. He has posted $150,000 bail. Cliffe remains to be suspended from his employment at Valve Tool, and the agency has no longer replied to requests for comment for the reason that confirming Cliffe’s suspension to Ars remaining week.