Law enforcement in King County, Washington yesterday billed Counter-Strike co-creator Jess Cliffe, 36, with industrial sexual abuse of a minor, accusing him of having to pay a 16-calendar year-aged lady for sexual intercourse and recording 1 sexual come across towards her will.
Law enforcement said they have been investigating this situation considering that May of previous calendar year, when they very first began speaking to the lady, who is identified in the felony report by her initials, AC. AC explained to investigators that she had had sexual intercourse with Cliffe at minimum a few situations in between April and June of 2017, when she was 16. She said she was paid $300 for every hour for these encounters.
Cliffe’s law firm, Zachary Wagnild, said in a bail hearing Friday that his customer did not know AC was underage. For each Ars Technica, whose reporter was at the hearing, Wagnild verified that the two had sexual intercourse. “Even if the information are legitimate as claimed, this was a conference on an adult web site,” Wagnild said. “He was not seeking for underage gals and had no idea this girl was underage.”
AC also said to investigators that she did not know if Cliffe was knowledgeable of her age. Washington point out legislation defines “commercial sexual abuse of a minor” as a criminal offense of furnishing “anything of value” to a minor in exchange for sexual intercourse, whether or not or not the minor consents.
AC explained to law enforcement that Cliffe wished to history 1 of their sexual periods, to which AC said she declined. Then, AC said, Cliffe recorded the come across irrespective. Says the law enforcement report: “Despite not wanting him to do so, AC refrained from stating everything else out of worry that she could be harmed or killed based mostly on her little measurement and accounts of other folks who had been violently assaulted during a prostitution day.”
In the tumble of 2017, law enforcement served a warrant to SeekingArrangement.com, the web site on which Cliffe and AC had fulfilled, and located records of a profile with Cliffe’s picture and description. Law enforcement also acquired records from AT&T and Verizon to confirm that Cliffe and AC had communicated.
Cliffe posted bail of $150,000 and will seem in court all over again afterwards this month. Valve suspended Cliffe on Thursday immediately after information of his arrest broke.