A senior Sony vice president has been fired from the electronics and entertainment giant after being caught in an amateur pedophilia video.
George Cacioppo allegedly tried to arrange a meeting with a 15-year-old boy, according to a video posted by the YouTube channel People vs. Preds. Cacioppo had been senior vice president of engineering for Sony for the past eight years and worked on the PlayStation Store, according to his LinkedIn profile. He has since been fired after appearing in the video.
“We are aware of the situation and the employee in question has been terminated,” Sony said in an emailed statement on Sunday.
Cacioppo did not immediately respond to a request for comment submitted through his LinkedIn account.
In the video, a cameraman is seen walking down a street towards a house in front of which Cacioppo is standing. He then asks Cacioppo who he intends to meet, calling him “Jeff”. As the cameraman asks more questions, Cacioppo walks into the house and closes the door while refusing to answer. The cameraman starts yelling that he would call the cops on Cacioppo.
According to a Google Drive link posted in the video description. Cacioppo reportedly spoke with a person who said he was 15 on Grindr, the social networking app for gay, bi, trans and queer people. The two exchanged photos and Cacioppo told the decoy his name was “Jeff”. He then allegedly provided the decoy with his address in order to have sex. Decoy said they would take an Uber to its location and Cacioppo was waiting outside.
It is not known whether the police were called in following the meeting. San Diego Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the case.