Formic Hivemind

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Richard J. Kretovic's police booking picture

Formic Hivemind, also known as Boris Ursinski[1] and Demitri Leborski on Second Life[1] (real name Richard J. Kretovic; born 1993)[2][3] is a furry who lives in Greece, New York, U.S.A.[2] His fursona is a brown bear.[1]

Controversy[edit]

On April 15, 2011,[3] Kretovic was arrested and charged with a first-degree criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child,[2] after allegedly engaging in sexual activity with a boy under the age of thirteen.[2][4] Kretovic had met the boy whilst chatting on Xbox Live, and, after discovering that the boy lived close by, arranged to meet him. Police say that Kretovic met the boy on more than one occasion, and it was during these meetings that the boy was sexually abused in Kretovic's basement.[4]

The boy's mother contacted police after she suspected he had been sexually abused, and their investigation lead to Kretovic, who was nineteen years old at the time of his arrest.[2][4]

Kretovic pleaded guilty to charges of Criminal Sexual Act in the Second Degree (a class D felony), and will be sentenced to six months in the Monroe County Jail, followed by ten years of sex offender specific probation.[5] His case was the driving force behind New York State's "Operation: Game Over", in which 3,580 gaming accounts owned by sexual predators and registered sex offenders were closed.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Formic Hivemind's profile on Fur Affinity (retrieved April 20, 2001)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Self-Professed Furry Charged With Xbox Live Child Abuse" — article on kotaku.com.au. Dated April 20, 2011 (retrieved April 20, 2011)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Man charged with abusing child he met on Xbox Live" — article on the Democrat and Chronicle . Dated April 20, 2011 (paid article. Retrieved April 20, 2011)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Update on Xbox Live sex abuse case: What you should do tonight" — article on WHEC.com. Dated April 19, 2011 (retrieved April 20, 2011)
  5. "Kretovic pleads guilty in Xbox Live sex crime" — article in the Greece Post. Dated March 16, 2012 (retrieved April 5, 2012)
  6. "A.G. Announces 'Operation: Game Over'" — article on 13WHAM.com. Dated April 5, 2012 (retrieved April 5, 2012)
  7. "Online Gaming Is Becoming Predator's Playground" — article on ABC news online. Dated April 5, 2012 (retrieved April 6, 2012)

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