Senior PlayStation executive sacked after allegations of pedophilia


“To Catch a Predator” was an American television show hosted by Chris Hansen. In this, people were specifically attracted via the Internet who exchanged inappropriate messages online with allegedly minors and invited them to a meeting.

The YouTube channel “People v. Preds” has a similar concept. The channel now has almost 100 episodes, and in episode 93 the group allegedly got in touch with George Cacioppo, a senior vice president of Sony Interactive Entertainment who has been working on the PlayStation Store since 2013. People v. Preds claims to have pretended to be a 15-year-old boy on the dating site Grindr and started a chat with Cacioppo, who is said to have used the pseudonym “Jeff” online. According to the YouTuber, Cacioppo invited the supposedly 15-year-old to his home.

In the video itself, “Jeff” can be seen wearing a PS5 shirt and the member of People v. Preds slams the door on his face. Although no crimes or the like are depicted in the video, and the identity of Cacioppo cannot be clearly confirmed either, People v. However, Preds also shared some screenshots of the chat history. These also include an alleged selfie by Cacioppo, who is wearing the same t-shirt as “Jeff” on the picture.

In the meantime, the senior vice president of Sony has been fired with an accompanying statement, as reported by CNET: “We are aware of the situation and the employment relationship with the employee in question has been terminated.” Speaking to Kotaku, a spokesman for People v. Preds that the information was made public because the police do not work with “cyber groups” like them. However, the evidence is said to have been brought to the authorities.