A senior PlayStation executive, George Cacioppo, was fired on Dec. 6 by Sony after a group of ‘pedophile hunters’ made public the moment he left his home to allegedly meet a 15-year-old boy for sex.
The activist group People vs. Pred posted on its YouTube channel on Friday, Dec. 3, a short video of Cacioppo leaving his home to meet the boy who turned out to be an activist.
Cacioppo, who was vice president of software engineering at Playstation in San Diego, California eight years ago, was terminated on Sunday, Dec. 5 after the video became public.
“We are aware of the situation and the employee in question has been terminated from employment,” Sony said in a statement emailed to CNET.
Prior to working at Sony, Cacioppo had a career at prestigious companies such as Adobe.
Activists caught the top executive through a gay dating app posing as a 15-year-old boy.
In addition to the video evidence of the encounter, People vs. Pred. also carefully collected all the indecent text messages and photos exchanged during the interactions and turned them over to the San Diego Police Department after the video went viral.
According to Newsweek, there is an active investigation led by the department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force but at the time of this report, no charges have been filed against the suspect.
In the video, the executive is seen as surprised when he encounters the activists instead of the alleged 15-year-old boy.
He immediately returns home as the activists call him ‘Jeff’ the fake name he gave to the activists, who ask him if he wants to talk or would he rather they call the police.
The Sony executive sneaks into his house and the activists yell at him he will call the police, and tells the neighbors that this “guy invited a 15-year-old boy to have sex with him tonight.”