Man Arrested After Hooking Up With 13-Year-Old RuneScape Bride

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Man Arrested After Hooking Up With 13-Year-Old RuneScape Bride

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No, it turns out that marrying a 13-year-old in RuneScape doesn't make it legal to have marital relations with her.

Relationships that start in MMOs and carry over into the real world aren't all that uncommon these days; that said, it's a bit more uncommon when they result in felony charges. 54-year-old John W. Phillips of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, is probably regretting ever signing up for RuneScape, as he's now being charged with a total of eleven felonies, including accosting a child for immoral purposes, sexual assault, using a computer to communicate with another person to commit a crime, and child sexually abusive activity.

Phillips, whose "only source of income comes from selling Magic: The Gathering game cards, " is currently in jail on charges that he traveled to Detroit three different times last year to have sex with a 13-year-old girl whom he met and wed in the MMO. According to Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, Phillips and the girl met in-game in 2010. The two then built a relationship via online chat.

Phillips apparently tried (unsuccessfully) to mail her a cell phone, so he came to Detroit to deliver the phone in person last February. The two had sex in a motel, though charges state that Phillips also had sex with her in his van and at her home. At some point, the two wed in RuneScape.

"They got married in the game," said sheriff's corporal Ray Johnson. "Maybe he thought that was legitimate in real life. It's not."

Authorities were alerted about the situation when the girl's mother (who "[works] two or three jobs and wasn't home for extended periods of time") found her daughter text-messaging on the phone Phillips had given her - highly suspicious since the girl wasn't supposed to have a phone.

Phillips led the authorities on a chase, eluding capture by visiting his father in New York and drastically altering his appearance. When he was arrested, he fought extradition from New York to Michigan without success; he was arraigned on January 13 and pretrial hearings starts this Thursday.

I've reported on this kind of situation often enough over the past few months that I shouldn't have to mention my personal feelings on the matter or just what a scumbag Phillips I believe this man to be. From the sound of the charges, he'll hopefully be going to be in jail for quite some time.

Source: The Detroit News via Spong

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wow...just wow

Saw this on Kotaku a few hours ago. My thoughts then are the same as my thoughts now.

"What the fuck is wrong with people?"

Also, inb4 "Runescape sucks."

well its good to see a return of the stamp and its so applicable here it also seems mandatory.
im am literally no-longer shocked and the pure bat-shit insane people out there.
hope this guy really suffers for this the sick-fuck.

i fear the news now my try to blame pedophillia on games now. well it was only a matter of time regardless

That is absolutely disgusting.

I mean, people still play Runescape?

So...who wants to make bets about how long he'll last in prison? XD

I dunno whether to be terrified or amused - this means I need to be careful next time I go party-hopping in Vindictus lest my character suddenly ends up the bride of some greasy, random-ass 60-year-old.

Though I might get some nice presents myself. Could always use another (hopefully better) phone.

Who wants to bet video games will get blamed for thIs some how?

Just feel I should point this out: This isn't pedophilia, its hebephilia.

That being said, it still doesn't change the fact he's a scumbag who'll hopefully get what he deserves.

This is extremely dumb...
But I have to give him credit for his flight from the police. Most criminals of lesser crimes just sit around and get caught, this guy tried going action movie on us.

Daemascus:
Who wants to bet video games will get blamed for thIs some how?

But at least it won't be about violence! Good thing he didn't go on a killing rampage with the girl!

Ephraim J. Witchwood:
Also, inb4 "Runescape sucks."

Probably why he "married" her.

Oh god, what shocks me most is that they had sex before, and the girl continued to do...stuff...with him....blugh... The poor girl probably didn't know any better. The hell is wrong with the world? Can't go two days without something like this happening...

OMFG can i nominate this guy for the darwin awards. Please say this guy didn't honestly believe he was in the right....I love stupid people either way.

Lol I married people in RuneScape too.

I was 13 though. The girls made me buy them armor and diamond rings too. Waste of my precious GPs.

Why would you consent? Why would you play runescape at 53? So many questions.

Was she hot?

Seriosuly though, that's messed up.

should have got married irl & had sex ingame.

Apologize for the double post. This Captcha stuff screwed me over.

Just wait, he'll be out and about in 5 years.

strangemoose:
wow...just wow

Yeah... you sure summed up my feelings well. Seriously, did the guy think about any of this for a second. Sure "Love clouds the mind" and all that but still, there's a point at which you have to stop and think to yourself "Hey, I'm breaking several laws and spending tons of money on this, what am I doing again?" Anyway, I just really hope this stays contained.

Well that should just kick up a heck of a lot of hate for games... but really it could have happened in a chat room, or on facebook....but all people will see is the words "ONLINE GAME" and freak the hell out... also this guy is going to have a hell of a time in prison...

At 13 she knew what she was doing, people need to stop thinking that teens don't know what the hell they are doing. Yes its bad that the guy took advantage of her, but who's to say she didn't use the guy to get cool stuff. She got a phone from him, and the only reason it caught on was because the mother (whom works 3 jobs) found out she had a phone.

So chances are the girl used the guy to get stuff because she don't get much as her mom works 3 jobs and probably makes barely enough to support herself and her kid. Since there was no mention of a father and the fact she is working 3 jobs means that the girl is most likely from a broken home(meaning its not all lollipop's and rainbows).

But the way things are in todays society the dude will have one of two things happen, either made an example of (most likely) or get like 10 years probation. As for the girl, I believe she knew what she was doing, she got stuff from him and in return he got sex.

[Obvious To Catch a Predator Joke here]

Seriously though, I like the picture but Chris Hansen's mug will probably elicit the same effect.

As grandma used to say, when you point your finger at somebody else you have three fingers pointed back at yourself. I recommend Eminem's "just lose the bad touch." The video is genius.

Popido:
[Comment how I want everyone dead for my own amusement][Flex e-peen]

GAH! THE MENTAL IMAGE! ICK!

Anyways, this confuses me. Did he somehow think he'd actually pull that off?

I wonder if the guys at Jagex will change the rules so you can't get married in game(which I couldn't care less because that is just stupid). I happen to hate Jagex. Oh, what that guy did was wrong too, hate him even more.

vansau:

Phillips, whose "only source of income comes from selling Magic: The Gathering game cards, " is currently in jail on charges that he traveled to Detroit three different times last year to have sex with a 13-year-old girl whom he met and wed in the MMO.

Sounds like this guy really has his life together, lol. His real crime was visiting Detroit. BURN! (I'll be here all week)

Nice to see you using the "officially a bad idea" seal again.

Also, is it even POSSIBLE to be charged with sexually abusing a child without being charged with sexual assault? Honestly they should stop charging these people with sexual assault, and just add the jailtime that sexual assault would give them to the standard sexual abuse of a child charge.

strangemoose:
wow...just wow

Actually, this was in Runescape.

*rimshot*

...*ahem*

To be fair, it was both of their fault, kinda; she clearly consented to it to some extent. People on the internet are sometimes idiots. Sometimes they get punished.

MasterOfWorlds:
So...who wants to make bets about how long he'll last in prison? XD

But, if they hurt him, they won't get his Magic: The Gathering salesman services.

Everyone knows prisoners look out for their Magic: The Gathering salesman, that shit is IMPORTANT in prison.

Why the hell was a 54 year old guy playing Runescape anyway?
THATS messed up.

Kavic86:
At 13 she knew what she was doing, people need to stop thinking that teens don't know what the hell they are doing. Yes its bad that the guy took advantage of her, but who's to say she didn't use the guy to get cool stuff. She got a phone from him, and the only reason it caught on was because the mother (whom works 3 jobs) found out she had a phone.

So chances are the girl used the guy to get stuff because she don't get much as her mom works 3 jobs and probably makes barely enough to support herself and her kid. Since there was no mention of a father and the fact she is working 3 jobs means that the girl is most likely from a broken home(meaning its not all lollipop's and rainbows).

But the way things are in todays society the dude will have one of two things happen, either made an example of (most likely) or get like 10 years probation. As for the girl, I believe she knew what she was doing, she got stuff from him and in return he got sex.

Exactly what I was thinking. Okay, maybe not exactly but the first part is. I don't see why a thirteen year old can't have the brainpower to understand what sex is and knowingly consent to it. I mean, she's most likely watched porn quite a few times(name one thirteen year old who hasn't) and knows what sex is and probably knows the joys of it(well, now she does). But seriously, they had sex 3 times. This means that either she was raped thrice and no one noticed, or she consented to it. I'm guessing she said "yes" to his sex. Doesn't matter what he looks like, hormones are going crazy at that age. Now, if she regrets it and will have psychological damage for the rest of her life, then sure, he can be charged. But if she consented and doesn't regret having her friends worship her for having sex[CITATION NEEDED] then I don't see the problem other than the parents didn't monitor their child.

Thats just.... ew.

Also on an unrelated note, I am so totally using that Escapist Certificate of a Bad Idea in the future :P

Fox News Headline: Video gaming causes your daughter to sleep with 50 year old men. Marriage isn't really necessary in a game unless they plan on taking your whole life

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