A MONSTER paedophile used Fortnite to groom boys as young as seven has been jailed.
Adam Syers, 23, who previously filmed himself making vile sexual comments to a toddler and posted it on Facebook.
Syers, aka Adam Shipley, was handed 10 weeks in jail, suspended for two years, on September 2.
But within hours of being spared jail he was back online, trying to snare children playing Fortnite and Roblox on Xbox.
Using the username JuicyGamer, he let a 12-year-old boy spend £200 on his credit card and got the child to send him a photo of himself in shorts.
He then targeted a seven-year-old boy, asking him whether he wanted to go on a date with him and be his boyfriend.
Judge Rachel Smith accepted Syers was himself a “vulnerable individual” and there was “some prospect of rehabilitation”.
However, she said: “Only immediate custody will follow for the range of offences that you have committed in this case.”
The judge said it was a “persistent breach risking serious harm” and jailed him for two years and eight months.
She made a new seven-year SHPO, told him to sign on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely, and ordered the destruction of his iPhone and Xbox.
In 2018 the National Crime Agency issued a chilling warning over the dangers of Fortnite saying children could be preyed on by paedophiles.
The law enforcement agency says voice and text chats between players over the internet can’t be turned off – meaning kids are chatting to strangers online.
The conviction comes as Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 6 went live on Tuesday in a major new update to the huge gaming series featuring Lara Croft and footballer star Neymar.
New patch notes, maps, weapons and wildlife are all included in the update which Fortnite fans are going to love exploring over the coming weeks and months.
Not everybody is impressed with the new update, however.
In a critical review, PC Gamer’s Joseph Knoop criticsed the game’s plot saying the storyline is still “going nowhere” four years are it launched.
Comparably the plot unfavourably with SNL’s hilarious ‘New Video Game’ skit, Joseph said “Ultimately, I imagine this will all come down to how any individual player feels about Fortnite’s ridiculous, vague, and let’s face it, very commercial lore.
“If you’re the kind of Marvel or Star Wars fan who’s just along for the ride and pretty colors, Fortnite’s first single-player event is a very serviceable distraction that only gobs of money could build.,” he added.
But he went on to say “If Epic is going to employ modern Hollywood-scale storytelling to build out the world of Fortnite, it’s going to need bigger stakes than Jonesy.”
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