facepalm: The well-known World of Warcraft streamer, Thomas Cheung, was arrested by the FBI on childcare charges as part of a major effort to turn off child trafficking and other sexual crimes against children.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) worked with the FBI to conduct a child surgery operation called "Operation Interception", which led to 21 arrests over a five-day period. Thomas Cheung, a Twitch streamer and employee of Paladins developer Hi-Rez Studios, was one of those arrested over the past weekend at the expense of using a computer to "seduce, preach, lure or lure" children.
According to a GBI press release:
The goal of & # 39; Operation Interception & # 39; was arresting people communicating with children online, having sexually explicit conversations, and then traveling to meet them for the purpose of having sex. In addition, the surgery directed those who are willing to exploit children by buying sex with a minor. On-line child veterans visit chat rooms and websites on the Internet, find children, start conversations with them, introduce sexual content and ultimately arrange a meeting with the children for the purpose of having sex
With regard to Cheung himself, he worked at Hi-Rez as a community specialist for Smite and Paladins Strike. The company immediately completed Cheung's employment after learning about the media. In a tweet, CEO Stew Chisam condemned Cheung's actions and praised law enforcement efforts.
– HiRezStew (@schisam) February 5, 2019
With about 34,000 followers, Cheung was also a productive Twitch streamer under the pseudonym "Elvine". He played primarily MMORPGs with World of Warcraft as the leading role in his channel. His Twitch account has since been removed along with his sponsorship from the SteelSeries. According to Kotaku, Cheung was well-known in the Twitch and WoW community and was considered "safe and friendly".
According to Georgia's law, Cheung and the 20 other people could face up to 20 years in prison and up to $ 25,000.