NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Corona, Queens man was being held on bail Monday, on charges that he coached seven young girls to play a sexual game over the Internet, and videotaped them.
Jorel Fowler, 23, was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court this past Friday on seven counts each of using a child in a sexual performance, promoting sexual performances by a child, and possessing a sexual performance by a child, according to a news release from the Queens District Attorney’s office.
He was ordered held in $1 million bond, or $750,000 cash, and could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted, prosecutors said.
Fowler allegedly engaged young girls on the Internet to participate in what he called “The Game,” in which he allegedly awarded points for performing activities that led to sexual acts, prosecutors said.
“The Game” began with five points for a smile, and increased in levels, prosecutors said. At later levels, Fowler allegedly asked the girls to touch parts of their body with their fingers or objects, for 1,000 points and eventually 3,000 points, prosecutors said.
Police allegedly caught up to Fowler after receiving a cyber tipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, involving a child pornography incident with a 12-year-old girl from Altus, Okla., prosecutors said.
Officers came to Fowler’s confiscated Fowler’s Asus laptop and iPhone 5, and recovered seven videos with specific girls’ names, prosecutors said. They included text and video conversations between Fowler and the girls – all under 16 – as he played “The Game,” prosecutors alleged.
At the end of “The Game,” Fowler allegedly asked if the girls would like to do it again and asked for their cellphone numbers, prosecutors said.
Fowler allegedly admitted to police that he had contacted more than 10 minor girls, prosecutors said.
“This defendant is alleged to have coached seven young girls who he met online to perform various types of sexual acts which he then videotaped – convincing the girls that they were playing a game,” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said in the release. “Once again, we urge parents to monitor their children’s Internet activities because there are sexual predators waiting to take advantage of their children’s innocence and trusting nature.”
Any residents who believe they or their children might have been victimized or who might have information was asked to call (718) 286-6590.
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