Young girl sends nude photos to older man via Playstation 3

A Kentucky man has been arrested after being accused of convincing an eleven year old girl to send him nude photos of herself while playing her PlayStation 3 online.

Anthony Scott O'Shea, the 24 year old man accused of these crimes from Somersat Kentucky, is facing charges of promotion of child pornography, online solicitation of a minor and sexual performance of a child. He had received the photos over a span of weeks via the Playstation 3 online network (Playstation Network). The girl, after realizing what she had done, told her parents.

The two met online playing the game Warhawk. The man used the screen name "Thunder-Kid." Not only were nude photos sent to the man, the girl performed sexual acts via a webcam. The state subpoenaed the records of the man via his online screen name, and on March 2 his home was searched. During questioning he admitted that he had been in contact with the girl and received the photos. He had also distributed the photos to others.

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Honestly, it sounds like the kid is eat up with dumbass for doing something like that. I know I knew better than that at freaking eleven years old. Touched in the head!

You can't monitor your kids all the time. It's an impossibility.

I blame the man who was soliciting a child for pornographic pictures of herself. Don't lose focus of who is to blame.

Sranshaft said,
The real question I think is what is an eleven year old girl playing a game like Warhawk for in the first place?

Yes, I'd regard letting the girl play that a clear parenting fail.

Playstation® Network EULA

Where available, a child under the legal age of majority can only have a Sub Account associated with a Master Account of the child's parent or legal guardian. If you are creating a Sub Account for a child, you must provide (i) your consent for SCEA to disclose, pursuant to SCEA's privacy policy, your child's personally identifying information to third parties for the purpose of allowing your child to participate in PSN activities, such as video and voice chat and gameplay; and (ii) your credit card information if requested by SCEA for Sub Accounts for children under the age of 13 in the United States and Canada or under the specific age applicable to your country. Your credit card will be used to verify parental consent under laws requiring such consent. You will not be charged a fee for creating the Sub Account. If you do not consent to the disclosure of this requested information, you will not be able to create a Sub Account for the child. If all requested information is provided, a separate email containing a code will be sent to the Master Account's email account with instructions to complete registration by entering the code into the Sub Account using a personal computer. You will need to create for your child an Online ID that will be associated with the child's PSN Sub Account. Please note that the Online ID is publicly available to and viewable by all PSN users and your child may receive text emails from any PSN users, including adults, in your child's PSN account mailbox. The parent's Master Account will not be notified of such text emails sent to a child's Sub Account mailbox. As the parent or legal guardian, it is your sole responsibility to monitor your child's access to or use of PSN, as well as any communications made or received by your child on or through PSN.

We can't go on and say that they need to be supervised every hour of the day.

But the fact is that this is very poor parenting. After eleven years of teaching, you'd figure a mother would have commented something about naked.

GreyWolfSC said,
This is why Nintendo is so anal about Wii online features.

Yeah 1 silly thing that could be done through ANY online service with file sharing capabilities means Nintendo have to castrate their online gaming service.

Don't misunderstand. I don't see any fault in Sony for this. But I bet others probably already do. All I was says is that this scenario is why Wii online is the way it is.

As sucky as the Friends system is it probably would have protected this girl. :(

The problem with Wii's online system is in the implementation of it in the system menu, not in the concept behind it. It needs a friends list where you can actually see when your friends are online and what they're playing so you can play with them. Swapping codes is a one-time thing. (The ability to scan a barcode "Friend card" at your buddy's house to add them to your list would be nice.)

Did the parents not teach their kid not to take nude photos in the first place?

I guess parenting is too much a burden for some people. Pretty sad.

Since she started posing on cam and all, I guess he wanted this to happen, making it bad, but I always wonder what kind of protection in law there is from having a 13 year old girl send nude pictures by MMS to someone's mobile phone and then send an anonymous tip to the police that he used extortion to get them.

Who will side on the, say, 40 year old man here? Child nudity is seen as among the most horrible things ever on this planet, after all.

Contrary to popular belief, nudity isn't that big of a deal, not even for a kid of her age, if one really wants to harm someone. It's just a body, after all. I'm surprised it's not happening more often, actually.

Anyway, Sony should of course not be involved in this case at all. The medium could have been anything.

Victor V. said,
Are you ****ting or those were real words?
So, it's just a body? Let's wait for you to have a daughter.

Hmm Victor... So you see little girls as sexual objects only??
Why don't you have a seat over here..

lol got naked then realised what she done ... pfft even at 11 kids aren't that lethargic. either way i made an older girl do this from socom 2 back on ps2 a couple years back lol.

11 year olds on the PSN....wen the hell did this happen?

i thought eleven year old girls were still playing with dolls

When my son was 12, he had a computer in his room. I told him "you know I WILL find out if you are doing something bad [and he knew what I meant], because I will check your pc on a regular basis". I never had a problem with him and the internet. Just being INVOLVED with your kid's life can save you from instances like this.

Now you see that, is good parenting imho.

A lot of parents wouldnt do that, because they would consider it "too harsh", or not letting the kid have their freedom that they wanted so badly when they were a kid. Its called an upbringing and lots of parents seem to forget this from what Ive seen.

RealFduch said,
I'm waiting for another "Teen kills his sneaky parents who watched his porn."

If he had porn on there, the pc would be gone as fast as I could unplug it :|
13 yr. old kids and porn? Not in my house.

It wouldn't surprise me if her parents are a bunch of a**holes with no responsibility. It wouldn't surprise me if they tried to sue Sony because their precious little girl is an idiot.

iamwhoiam said,
Obviously you aren't a parent or you would know that it's impossible to monitor children 24 hours 7 days a week.

If you let kids sit alone in a room with a closed door using the computer or any kind of electronic communication devices and think nothing will ever happen, you need to rethink society today.

(not so much directed to you, just your quote about raising a child made me think this)

iamwhoiam said,
Obviously you aren't a parent or you would know that it's impossible to monitor children 24 hours 7 days a week.

You are right, I'm not a parent. My parents were not around much when I was growing up as they were busy working to support my sister and me. I never said parents need to monitor their children 24/7 but my parents had the responsibility to instill morals and values. My message might have come across wrong, it just makes me mad that these days I see more and more parents blaming other people for their shortcomings as a parent.

hendog323 said,
it just makes me mad that these days I see more and more parents blaming other people for their shortcomings as a parent.

I'm personally getting fed up that everytime something happens to a kid, it's instantly the parents' fault. Neowin has this general attitude to blame parents for everything.

Probably because it is mate. That isnt labelling all parents as bad parents. You obviously disagree with the notion that everyone always blames the parents, and so you probably take more care of your kids than this little girls parents do.

Its a sad reality, but a lot of parents today - not just parents, but anyone, people, are ignorant uneducated twats.

This is why it annoys me how it seems every couple of days now we get a big "oh noes! a little kid did something really bad for their age!" story. They are boring, obviously happen elsewhere and not reported/known about, and is just annoying seeing everyone go "thats terrible, what kind of a world are we living in today!". Deal with it, its normal, it happens all the time, theres nothing anyone can do about it - the world will always have stupid people in it.

Note Im not directing that at you or any particular person mate, just stating the obvious.

hendog323 said,
It wouldn't surprise me if her parents are a bunch of a**holes with no responsibility. It wouldn't surprise me if they tried to sue Sony because their precious little girl is an idiot.

Did you look at porn as a kid? did your parents 'know'? (i.e. physiclaly see you doing it? probably no, because you dont tell them, and you dont do it in front of them. That doesn't make them irresponsible.... think about it.

with that said, yeah, i think the kid is pretty stupid, anyone should know better

pasty2k2 said,
Its a sad reality, but a lot of parents today - not just parents, but anyone, people, are ignorant uneducated twats.

This is why it annoys me how it seems every couple of days now we get a big "oh noes! a little kid did something really bad for their age!" story. They are boring, obviously happen elsewhere and not reported/known about, and is just annoying seeing everyone go "thats terrible, what kind of a world are we living in today!". Deal with it, its normal, it happens all the time, theres nothing anyone can do about it - the world will always have stupid people in it.


Abrasive, but well-said.

What kind of an eleven-year-old sends nude photos of herself to strangers? I knew better than that at a much younger age.

Skwerl said,
What kind of an eleven-year-old sends nude photos of herself to strangers? I knew better than that at a much younger age.

Exactly! I would have thought the the average 11-year-old would have told him to fnck off!

idk those people online do have methods of talking people into things. Think of the most persuasive person you know, and then imagine them telling you to do those things when your only 11 years old.

It does seem like common sense though, and hey, where were her parents when she was on the webcam?? Does she get her own game room and her parents never walk into it?

HEY, what if the parents were in on it, and they told their daughter to send the pictures. Then the parents tell the cops about it and they sue the guy that recieved the pictures, and the parents get rich! Seems like I've been watching one too many reality shows.

He had received the photos over a span of weeks via the Playstation 3 online network (Playstation Network). The girl, after realizing what she had done, told her parents.

she also performed sexual acts...and it took weeks for her to realize what she was doing...LOL

toadeater said,
I'm sure we haven't heard the last of this girl.

pornstress in the making
but kids are innocent..and they dont question what older ppl tell them very often

I think parents generally fail to understand how the gaming online networks work, and just throw the money at it because the kid wants it.

I think the current generation who does understand these networks should be better parents...or so I would hope. I don't think an 11-year-old boy or girl needs to be playing PS3 games online honestly.

an eleven year old should be supervised when playing games online, especially when the game they are playing is an age rating higher then the age of the child and every game says the online activity is not rated by the ESRB...

rajputwarrior said,
an eleven year old should be supervised when playing games online, especially when the game they are playing is an age rating higher then the age of the child and every game says the online activity is not rated by the ESRB...

Jeez, I have four young boys. Under your rules, I need to lock them all in the game room with me and the one kid playing online games. None of the other three can go anywhere because one kid is playing, and I need to supervise constantly so they don't switch to some chat and send pictures.

Absurd.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
Yeah, cause the parents are supposed to be right behind their back every second of the day. :rolleyes:

this is one of those rare cases wherei wouldnt blame the parents or the kid
the kid doenst know anyb etter..kids are easy to manipulate..and the parents..who would suspect THIS kind of attack on their kid, and she probably showed no signs of it or if she did the parents probably figured it somethin at school bothering her etc..
i dont know anythin about the PS3, but there must be some way to keep track of things

markjensen said,
Jeez, I have four young boys. Under your rules, I need to lock them all in the game room with me and the one kid playing online games. None of the other three can go anywhere because one kid is playing, and I need to supervise constantly so they don't switch to some chat and send pictures.

Absurd.

why would you want your young children playing games online, especially when the most common words are usually racial slurs and four letter words?

rajputwarrior said,
why would you want your young children playing games online, especially when the most common words are usually racial slurs and four letter words?

My kids' ages range from 7 to 14. Surely online games like Runescape, CrazyMonkeyGames, Wizard101 and other of their favorites are appropriate. As are many of the other games you can play online via a console, such as Rock Band.

Surely every game isn't n-word this, and f-word that, and you realize that there are age-appropriate games.

markjensen said,
Jeez, I have four young boys. Under your rules, I need to lock them all in the game room with me and the one kid playing online games. None of the other three can go anywhere because one kid is playing, and I need to supervise constantly so they don't switch to some chat and send pictures.

Absurd.

Well, it is absurd it you let them to play without supervision games with a higher rate than they should play.

Don't you think the ESRB ratings exist to prevent this kind of stuff? Let them play alone games that ARE for their age, not games for older people.

I honestly thing this shows more than anything, anywhere online where there is a chance to "talk" to someone else, kids need to be supervised. Heck I would go as far as to say always have some ways to watch your kid online, even though I doubt there are ways for parents to monitor a PS3.

In other words, you just cannot leave kids home alone to do this kind of stuff anymore. Its not like when there was just a TV and a phone in the house. It is so easy for people to "find kids" now to talk to.

I thing the main thing I would like to know is how was this girl using her PS3 without her parents or anyone else knowing what she was doing. Was she alone in a room with the door closed or were the parents actually gone and just letting the game console baby sit.

while not trying to seem insensitive, who cares if it was a PlayStation 3 was used, i'm sure everything under the sun is used to get at these kids, this is what happens when parents neglect their kids in the dangers of TODAYS world