WOW Romance Spurs Felony Charge

September 22, 2010 -

An underage World of Warcraft player’s dalliance with a fellow female player resulted in the arrest of a 35-year old Lowell, Michigan woman.

Angie L. Jenkins was arrested after traveling to Amherst, New York on June 11 to meet a 16-yeard old boy, who she ended up having sex with in a parked car. Jenkins, according to the Buffalo News, is believed to be the first woman charged in Western New York with using the Internet to entice a minor into sexual activity.

The two met while playing WOW in 2009, and both initially lied about their age, with the boy claiming he was 20 and Jenkins saying she was 21. At a later date the boy confessed to being only 15 (at that time), which Jenkins said didn’t matter. Jenkins reportedly kicked off discussions about meeting in real life and also “initiated the sexual contact” once they did meet.

Once the FBI uncovered Jenkins’ WOW screen name, and provided a subpoena to Blizzard, they were provided with her name, address and telephone number.

It was reported that Jenkins has five children, has been married twice and “receives public assistance.”


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Re: WOW Romance Spurs Felony Charge

Love the name aspect to be sure. Maybe she is related?

Anyway, if she is attractive - lucky boy! If not, oh well experience is what matters - no? 

The whole attitude of sex in the US because of religious freaks really sucks. Moreover the overall thinking about young people is really bad for the same reason.

Note: I say that as a person whom had themselves emancipated at 15 years of age given I finished HS at that age. Shoot, at 16 my average girlfriends' age was well over 30 -  Lovely ladies one and all and I was a college student; good times and lessons learned to boot. None of them negative to be sure. At 17 I was in the Army but could not drink. Sad really... I could die for my country but couldn't have a drink in it.

For what it is worth, I firmly believe "adulthood" should be granted upon passing a civic and maturity test. I also feel the same about marriage and having children as well as voting. The whole age based thing is a farce designed to control people and not for their own good either! 

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A "civic and maturity test" is one of those ideas that sounds good in theory, but in the final analysis, standardized testing isn't a whole lot less arbitrary than just choosing an age.

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I find it rather amusing that this woman's middle and last name is "L. Jenkins".

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Glad I'm not the only to notice this. I just can't take this seriously with that name.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkCNJRfSZBU

For those who don't understand why this is funny. lol

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So should we be like, "Damn! that kid's a player! Wish I was him back in the day!" or, "That bitch better rot in jail for raping the poor child!"? I'm confused as to what the appropriate reaction should be.

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Which would certainly help the FBI in gathering evidence after they initially discovered that a crime was being committed. But that doesn't explain how the FBI discovered it in the first place. Or are you saying that Blizzared snitched them out to the FBI?

EDIT: Oops. I meant to reply to you, hellfire. And I do appreciate your answer. I'm very interested in figuring out how the FBI knew what was going on. Thanks.

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Best guess is the kid didn't keep it a secret, and he told enough people that it eventually got back to his parents.

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Here's the part I don't get (probably because I ain't too clear on what a WOW is or how it works):

How would the FBI know that the alleged enticement was occurring? Would communications between the two be readily viewable by anyone and everyone else on WOW (including, I assume, the lurking FBI)?

It's not a rhetorical question.

And of course "Jenkins has five children, has been married twice and 'receives public assistance.'" Apparently when she ain't spending her time doing the nasty, she's spending the rest of her time playing WOW. 

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I would imagine Blizzard keeps record of everything that happens on their servers just for such a purpose.

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I've been called terrible for saying this, but...

...for the most part (this doesn't apply to every teen, mind you)...

... a 16-year old male probably isn't going to feel "abused" while having sex with an older woman. I'm just saying.

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Most 16 year old girls do not feel 'abused' when this happens either.

The whole focus on underaged girls and older men is a hold over from 'girls who are sullied bring shame to their fathers and are less valuable to thier future husband' mentality, combined with 'oh, but they are girls, they are not strong enough to make decisions like this for themselves'...

When I was in high school I knew plenty of girls dating older (sometimes in their 40s) men... and they were happy with it.  They were not some poor innocent maidens being taken advantage of by evil preditors....

The reason males are generally written off is that as a sociaty we tend to respect males and thier ability to choose, but we still do not have the same respect for females and their ability to choose.. thus it is assumed that the male seeks the sex while the female is being taken advantage of because there is 'no way she would actually want this'.

Grrrrr. Now I am grumpy.

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The plural of "anecdote" is not "data".

Age of consent law in most of America is pretty flawed (I was a "victim" of statutory rape at the age of 17, when my girlfriend, 3 months older than me, turned 18 -- the day before her birthday our relationship was legally consensual, the day of her birthday it wasn't, even though I certainly consented), but while I don't see much of a problem with an 18-year-old dating a 16-year-old, I DO believe that a majority of 40-year-old/16-year-old pairings are predatory and exploitative.  And I've got the same anecdotal evidence to back up that viewpoint that you have to back up yours.  Maybe if we can find some actual polling data we can settle it, but failing that, we're at an impasse.

What I do agree with, though, is that every relationship is different, and 18 is a pretty arbitrary place to draw a one-size-fits-all legal line in the sand.  I don't know that there's a compromise that won't, in at least some cases, either penalize someone for a relationship that wasn't coercive, or let someone off for one that was.  Closest thing I can think of -- and still of course not perfect -- is that some states have a two-year clause in their age-of-consent laws, ie an 18-year-old can sleep with a 16-year-old and a 19- with a 17-.

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And this attitude is why sexual abuse is under-reported in males, especially when perpetrated by a woman.

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This is a horrible double standard that is unfortunately rife amongst cases of teachers grooming minors for sex. If a male teacher has sex with a female student it is considered very serious, but the reverse there is a much more jovial "Good on the lad" type attitude that is a horrible double standard.

 

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It doesn't matter if he "feels" abused.  Every time an underage girl is having sex with an older man, he's a child rapist, regardless.

If the genders were reversed, nobody would have a problem with the older one being carted away as a sexual predator.

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...since they weren't both female, that should probably say "female fellow player", not "fellow female player".

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Does it really matter that much when the boy is already sixteen?

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To the surprise of many people, even US citizens, more than half the States have an Age of Consent at 16.  OF course, it gets more complicated when considering solitation of a minor, particularly over the internet, and especially over State lines... but in most States, this is not a "sex crime."  There are some "delinquency of a minor" issues if the parents of the teenager decides to oppose the activity, though.  And a couple of those States imply that the law is meant only for teenagers both being under 18, not one of the partners being an adult.

Bleh, it's complicated.  In any case, it's just "icky" for her to go trolling for underage boys across State lines over the internet, but then the description suggests she doesn't exactly have it together in general.  Yeah, the law is clear, she should be punished.  Being the "adult" means you're expected to act like one.  Don't do what you know is wrong.

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In Canada, the legal age is 16. However, if the internet is used to facilitate the relationship, the legal age is artifically bumped up to 18 (a pretty recent law actually). So if some 35 year old women meets a 16 year old kid somewhere and takes him home, that's cool. If she meets him playing WoW, that's not cool.

Doesn't make much sense to me. As another poster said, I doubt he feels particularly abused (though I am not denying the possibility that this was unwanted)

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Feeling abused? He's likely bragging to his friends about it.

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In the US, yes.

In other places, depends, Brazil for example has a law that says that below 18 is unlawful, but only if the person is below 14, or between 14 and 18 and sue. (So if a minor, with more than 14, does not sue, it is not illegal).

Japan the mininum age is 12 (or 13... don't remember), but prefectures (similar to US states) can choose a higher number (and they do, most prefectures say it is 18).

Several countries has several other ages.

The world median age for legal sex is 14.

 

What happen is that in the US, the state and the culture supports a sort of nanny state, and that the kids are "better safe than sorry", even if it hurts everyone else. In fact, in the US below 18 is considered a child, or kid, or whatever (in Brazil and many other western countries too), and that if they are for example 15, they are not allowed to have sex, vote, work, etc... so basically they are considered unable to think for themselves.

 

That said, sometimes it IS true, there are several 15 year old brats that should not be doing any of those stuff, but I've met some 15 year old people that are absolutely brilliant and contribute more to society than some 50 year old people, and I dislike the way that the laws "for their safety" end more making then "non-persons" or "non-citizens".

 

That said, I DO think that child porn and child abuse is evil, but I said CHILD. Not teen, if they want have fun, so be it (as long they are not breaking any other law, of course... and obeying their parents).

 

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I've never met a parent of a teenager that would be "okay" with their child being involved in porn.

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I've never met a parent that would be okay with their child being in porn no matter what the age.

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Legally?  Yes.  Practically?  Probably not.  Morally?  Your mileage may vary.

 

Andrew Eisen

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Hmm, about as good an answer as one can give, I'd say.

Or in other words, you sir, "/thread"

 
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