Los Angeles police and federal agents have arrested a 22-year-old man suspected of using a computer game to lure children into contacting him and then persuading them to produce sexually explicit videos so he could download them.

Cushqader Warren of Los Angeles was booked on suspicion of committing lewd and lascivious acts with a child, a felony, and was being held in lieu of $1 million bail, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

“Investigators initiated the investigation into Warren as a result of information received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that Warren had been uploading images and video files of apparent child pornography,” according to an LAPD statement.

“The investigation revealed Warren utilized an online computer game named Wizard 101 to contact children. Warren uploaded YouTube videos to entice minor victims into contacting him for a chance to win a free Wizard 101 game card. Once the victims contacted him, they were directed to produce sexually explicit videos so Warren could download them.”

Warren was arrested by LAPD detectives assigned to the Los Angeles Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and agents from the Homeland Security Investigations’ Child Exploitation Investigations Group.

“This investigation is ongoing,” police said. “Investigators believe there are additional victims of Warren.”

Anyone with information about additional victims was urged to call ICAC Detective Lisette Garcia at (562) 624-4085 or HSI Special Agent Kimmesia Sampson at (562) 624-4037.

After-hours and weekend calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222- TIPS.

–City News Service

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