Counter-Strike co-creator Jess Cliffe allegedly paid 16-year-old girl for sex

By midian182 · 14 replies
Feb 6, 2018
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  1. Last week, it was reported that Counter-Strike co-creator Jess Cliffe had been arrested in Seattle over the alleged sexual exploitation of a child. Now, details of the accusations have emerged: Cliffe has been formally charged with the crime of commercial sexual abuse of a minor.

    Police records made public on Monday allege that Cliffe paid a 16-year-old girl $300 an hour for three separate hour-long sessions. The girl, who has not been identified, said she used the website to "meet with men who offered to pay her money to have sex with her."

    The teenager has accused Cliffe of filming their last sexual encounter without her consent. She said he wanted to test out the camera on his new iPhone. She refused but noticed he was recording them anyway. Later, she asked him not to post the video, to which he agreed.

    The girl told detectives that she considered accusing Cliffe of making child pornography, but "decided against it as to not upset him in addition to the fact that he could not be certain that he was aware of her true age of 16 years.” Police say that Cliffe told investigators he believed the girl was 23.

    After serving warrants to AT&T, Verizon, and, police went to Cliffe’s home to let him know he was "named in an assault investigation."

    "Mr. Cliffe is surprised by the allegations and charges," Cliffe's attorney said Monday. "He has fully cooperated with the police investigation, providing any and all information that has been requested of him."

    Cliffe remains suspended from Valve, where he has worked since 2003. His next hearing will take place on February 25, and he has posted $150,000 bail.

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  2. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,504   +344

    He is gonna CSGO to jail
  3. Prosercunus

    Prosercunus TS Maniac Posts: 258   +105

    Are you telling me he has to pay for sex? I guess introducing yourself as the creator of CS doesn't get the women all hot and bothered.
    ZackL04 likes this.
  4. alabama man

    alabama man TS Guru Posts: 511   +314

    Stick to older prostitutes, young ones have all sorts of problems and most shady foreign ones are young. Old ones know how to avoid disease, don't steal your stuff as much and don't need pimps or other shady characters in their business (again making it safer for you as customer). With young ones it's either foreigner with aids or some con scheme like this, usually it just ends a lot worse, he at least kept his life. If you really need to **** young girls at least check their ID or get something written down and signed.
    Dr Aggressive likes this.
  5. Montana

    Montana TS Enthusiast Posts: 35   +15

    Is this sort of post really appropriate here?
  6. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,164   +2,637

    Soooooooo ..... did that make the game any better or worse???
    Capaill likes this.
  7. Kashim

    Kashim TS Booster Posts: 57   +39

    I went to that site mentioned in the article just out of curiosity. It's pretty hilarious. They just try to dress it up as some kind of high class meeting site for "professionals" when it's anything but. I guess Buy***** was already taken. :)
  8. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 5,199   +4,304

    Lessons to take away from this...

    1. If you're with a girl who is not clearly 21 or older, have her ID checked by a LEO or order a background check. If she lies about her age and you bang her, you go to prison and get put on a list with real criminals and sexual predators.

    2. In spite of all the eSports enthusiast's efforts, video games still aren't sexy.
  9. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 5,199   +4,304

    "You got conned and now get to register as a sex offender, which will basically alienate you from all of society. When future employers (or neighbors) look you up in the registry, they will see 'commercial sexual abuse of a minor' next to your name. HOWEVER... she didn't kill you or give you HIV."

    Always good to look at the bright side.
  10. ZackL04

    ZackL04 TS Maniac Posts: 381   +183

    So besides this being a disgusting issue. How is the girl not charged with some type of crime as well? Knowingly lying about her age to make money and then reporting her “customer” to police.

    I get it, this is sex with a minor, its not right in my mind and against the law.

    But isnt this the same as bait and switch or false advertising? As a male I guess we are expected to check ID’s like a liquor store clerk and/or bouncer before consenting to intercourse?

    Just cut all our dicks off
  11. Thorney

    Thorney TS Enthusiast Posts: 43   +12

    In the UK this is only illegal because he paid for it not because she was 16 and I don't think its even a sex offender offence you would probably get off with a caution.

    ANTEATER TS Rookie

    OK...I was wondering at first, if this was related to a federal law...
    Even though other countries sometimes have a lower age of consent, US citizens can be prosecuted here for going out of the country....
    I don't disagree with the law, just not sure everyone in US understands that it exists, thought he might have made a mistake
    "The girl told detectives that she considered accusing Cliffe of making child pornography, but "decided against it as to not upset him in addition to the fact that he could not be certain that he was aware of her true age of 16 years.”
    "he could not be certain that he was aware of her true age of 16 years"???
    Suppose to say "she"??
    A little fuzzy......if his intent was to be with her because of or even if she was under 18, throw the book...
    Need more data to convict, then what is here.....
  13. Dr Aggressive

    Dr Aggressive TS Member

    Sound advice here.

    Never purchase a woman through her pimp, although I don't agree about the age thing.

    Hookers over 40 are used up.
  14. noel24

    noel24 TS Evangelist Posts: 412   +279

    Counter Terrorists Win...
  15. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,541   +1,005

    Thank you for this wonderful advice. Sounds like you have quite the experience about this stuff.

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