Paedo ‘used Roblox online game to lure girl, 8, into sending him nude videos’

A convicted paedophile in the United States allegedly used the online game Roblox to lure an eight-year-old girl into sending him nude videos of herself.

Clinton McElroy, 48, from Ellis, Kansas, has been arrested and charged with coercing the unnamed Michigan child into sending sexually explicit videos in exchange for money used on the video game.

According to Fox 2 Detroit, McElroy, a registered sex offender, is facing charges of sexual exploitation of a child and aggravated internet trading in sexual material of children.

He is accused of posing as someone named "John" in a gaming room of the video game, which is popular with children.

McElroy then allegedly convinced the child to send him more than 20 videos of herself in various stages of undress.

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In exchange, he would give the girl a digital currency which is used to buy various items on Roblox.

The girl's mother reported the alleged exploitation to police in June, who then began investigating the case.

Police sought help from the Ellis County Sheriff's Department who reported McElroy had been arrested in 2017 for a similar reason and was required to register as a sex offender, Michigan Live reports.

Following a search of his home on September 17, police arrested McElroy and took him to the Ellis County Jail, where he is currently being held on $1 million (£757k) bond.

According to online records, he was previously convicted in 2018 of commercial sexual exploitation of a 14-year-old child.

In a statement, Bloomfield Township Police in Michigan, where the girl is from, said the case was a good reminder to have parents keep tabs on their children's online activity.

"The Bloomfield Township Police Department would like to encourage parents to make it a priority to talk with their children about their online activity and to routinely monitor their children's online activity," the department stated.

It comes two months after an elderly British couple were left with almost nothing after their granddaughter spent their savings on Roblox.

Liz and Jim Harrison from Alloa in Clackmannanshire in the Central Lowlands of Scotland lost £3,000 after their young granddaughter used their card to accidentally make in-app purchases.

The devastated couple slammed the gaming platform for not getting authorisation from them as bill payers.

Roblox is free to download but encourages users to buy virtual currency, called Robux, to use in the game.

The website has around 100 million users worldwide.

On its safety page, Roblox offers parents advice on how to see what their children are doing on the game.

These include allowing the monitoring of direct and small group chat, private message history, friends and followers and virtual item purchase and trade history.

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