Conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation undercover sting operation (Operation Interception), concluded last Sunday with the arrest of 21 men, including Twitch partner Thomas “Elvine” Cheung, who also works as a brand manager and game developer at Hi-Rez Studios.
First reported by NBC-affiliate WXIA-TV, the five-day operation called “Operation Interception,” was centered in Brookhaven, GA, a community northeast of Atlanta and 10 miles from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, site of the Super Bowl.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation were seeking to crack down on human trafficking that usually accompanies the Super Bowl. The task force used popular dating apps to identify 20 suspects who were willing to have sex with children.
One of the suspects arrested was “Thomas Cheung, A/M, Alpharetta, GA, 32, gaming studio employee.” The name and mug shot match Twitch Partner and Hi-Rez Studio employee who also went by the username “Elvine.” Cheung was the Community Specialist for Hi-Rez’s Smite and was a Twitch partner with 34.000 followers, according to VP Esports.
Cheung’s Twitch channel has now been taken down.
“The goal of ‘Operation Interception’ was to arrest persons who communicate with children on-line, have sexually explicit conversations, and then travel to meet them for the purpose of having sex.”
“Those arrested had sexually explicit conversations with whom they believed to be a child and most of those arrested traveled to meet a child for sex. While there was a monetary component to several of these cases, most often there was no monetary component involved.”
Hi-Rez CEO Stewart Chisam released the following statement on his Twitter account:
All the cases will be prosecuted by the Office of the DeKalb County District Attorney.
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