Broward County man charged with underage sex with Florida girl he met on Fortnite

Posted at 6:17 AM, Jan 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-18 06:28:07-05

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Broward County man had sex with an underage girl he met through the online video game Fortnite.

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The Florida Attorney General's Office announced the arrest Thursday of 41-year-old Anthony Gene Thomas on charges including unlawful sex with a minor and child pornography. Investigators believe there could be as many as 20 additional victims.

Officials say the 17-year-old victim initially had contact with a 23-year-old woman, who then introduced the victim to Thomas. Thomas and the woman arranged in August to pick up the teen in Brevard County and bring her back Broward County.

Law enforcement served a search warrant in October. Authorities say Thomas had pornographic images and videos of the victim on his phone.

No charges were immediately filed against the woman.

Jail records didn't list an attorney for Thomas.