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A California man was sentenced to 14 years in prison followed by seven year of supervised release after using a popular gaming app to coerce a Northern Virginia minor into producing child pornography.

The Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia announced the sentencing Friday, and noted the role Prince William County police played in investigating the case.

Emilio Morales, 29, pleaded guilty in February. According to a news release, he met the 11-year-old victim while playing the online game “Clash of Clans.”

In 2017, Morales began grooming the victim over Clash of Clans before proposing that he and the victim communicate privately over the online chatting application Kik Messenger.

While communicating over Kik Messenger, Morales coerced and persuaded the victim to produce and send him sexually explicit images and videos. The conduct ceased when the minor victim refused to participate in any further sexual activity.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

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