Sony Corporation fired a PlayStation executive on Sunday, citing a pedophile sting video.
George Cacioppo, listed on his LinkedIn as the senior vice president of engineering for the PlayStation Network, was allegedly caught on camera trying to meet up with a 15-year-old boy to have sex. The video was uploaded to the YouTube channel People v. Preds on Dec. 3 and has over 175,000 views as of Monday.
"We are aware of the situation and the employee in question has been terminated from employment," Sony told CNET in an emailed statement.
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The video from People v. Preds, a group that says its members "catch online preds that prey on children for sexual activities," shows the cameraman walking down a street at night on Dec. 3 before meeting a man in front of a house.
The cameraman begins to speak in a high-pitched voice and calls the man Jeff before shining a flashlight at the man and deepening his voice. The man then turns around and goes into the house, with the cameraman threatening to call the police.
A Google Drive link in the video's description leads to two folders containing screenshots of someone whom People v. Preds claims is Cacioppo messaging a person claiming to be a 15-year-old boy, with the two agreeing to meet at a location for sex using the app Grindr. The first discussion took place on Oct. 10, with the second discussion taking place on Dec. 3, according to the labels of the folders.
The person the group claims is Cacioppo tells the supposed 15-year-old his name is "Jeff" and provides an address for the two to meet, the messages show. The individual claiming to be 15 asked if they could meet outside, with "Jeff" agreeing.
People v. Preds uploaded the video of the encounter onto its YouTube channel, with the video initially titled "#93 - "GEORGE" 64YO SENIOR VP ENGINEER of PSN INVITED OVER A 15YO BOY AT 430AM....." according to the Daily Mail.
People v. Preds sent the information to the San Diego County District Attorney's Office, according to CNET.
Cacioppo's LinkedIn page states he has worked at Sony since Sept. 2013. Other locations listed in his "Experience" section include TurboTax and Adobe.
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The Washington Examiner reached out to Sony for comment.