We have confirmation that Jess Cliffe, the co-creator of Valve’s hit first-person-shooter Counter Strike, has been charged with not only sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl, but for commercializing the sex. As if that weren’t enough, the official statement that described his alleged actions described how he videotaped himself having sex with the minor without her consent.
A ‘Sugar Daddy’ site
The website that Jess Cliffe used to contact the minor is one of the particularly sleazy kind, emphasizing not just consensual sex between adults, but a ‘sugar daddy’ approach where wealthier older men could pay young women – ‘sugar babies’ – to have sex with them. Official investigations have linked Jess Cliffe to the site, as he subscribed to it using his own phone number. This number is in his own name, and linked to his address, which is additional confirmation that the on-site activity in his name is his own.
The police also have details of conversations Cliffe had with the victim online
These conversation occurred early in June last year, and are further confirmation of the charges against Cliffe. The worst part of the charges, and in fact, the real reason Cliffe finds himself in this situation, is that he videotaped himself with the girl without informing her about it. Cliffe himself says that the thought the victim was at least twenty three years of age. This is possible, of course.
Investigators verify various details
Cliffe uses a considerable number of adult websites similar to the one on which he met the victim. He even refused to recognize pictures of the minor, even when actually shown recordings and other evidence of his interaction with her. Nevertheless, he has verified as fact many of the details investigative agencies put before him, including details of the young girl’s appearance, her background, and other details of his encounters and interaction with her.
Jess Cliffe is out on bail
Valve has not commented on the situation, but continues to hold him under suspension. He has posted bail for $150,000, and is a ‘free’ man, but will have to go back to court for the next session of these proceedings, which is slated for the twenty-fifth of February. The charges against him seem to be definite, and CS:GO fans everywhere are understandably concerned about whether he will be cleared of these charges. That depends on the evidence. If investigative agencies actually have the videotape he made of his encounter with the minor (this is not confirmed), then the future looks rather dark. However, the truth of what happened here is already clear to anyone of common sense and reasonable discernment.