A man from Erlanger who is a registered sex offender tried to have sexual contact with several children by chatting with them over a PlayStation game, according to the Kenton County District Attorney’s Office.
Kentucky State Police detectives began investigating Uhl in 2020 after reports of a “child predator” contacting children in the chat function of a PlayStation game called “Destiny”.
Officials said one of the children’s parents and grandparents overheard a PlayStation player using the screen name “rogeruhl2020” making inappropriate comments. The adults reported the incident to Homeland Security.
The investigators then tracked the user’s IP address to a flat on Short Hill Lane in Erlanger.
Police said the residence belonged to Uhl, who was already a registered sex offender after he was convicted in 2016 of attempted sexual assault of a child under 12 in Florida.
Agents from the Kentucky State Police and Homeland Security went to talk to Uhl about his online activity.
Investigators said Uhl admitted to asking children for inappropriate pictures online.
Detectives then obtained a search warrant for Uhl’s apartment and all of his electronics.
Kentucky State Police E-Crimes investigators searched these devices and found evidence that Uhl had solicited at least three different children for sex using his Playstation or cell phone .
Uhl was arrested and charged with three counts of using an electronic communication system to induce a minor commit a sexual offense. Each count is a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison.
Deputy Commonwealth Attorney Emily J. Arnzen recommends a 15-year prison sentence, the maximum for the three Class D felonies under Kentucky law.
She said the case is an important lesson for parents because it shows a child predator can lurk on any device.
“It is absolutely essential that children are supervised, whether they access them via computer, phone, game system or any other device,” Arnzen said. “Criminals know that secret police sometimes patrol chat rooms posing as children, so they adapt.”
Uhl will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. on August 2.
This article originally appeared on the Cincinnati Enquirer: Prosecutor: NKY man requested sex with children via PlayStation game