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Initiative Aims to Remove Sex Offenders from Online Gaming

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"OPERATION: game over."

That's the name of a new initiative by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to crack down on sex offenders playing on-line video games.

Schneiderman announced Thursday more than 3,500 accounts of New York sex offenders have been removed from on-line video games.

The attorney general says the database sweep is the first of its kind effort to protect children from predators on video game networks in the state.

Many teens play games online with people they don't know. The consoles allow users to access the internet to send messages to other players under anonymous screen names.

Companies including Microsoft, Sony, Apple and Electronic Arts partnered with Schneiderman's office to either shut down offenders' accounts or suspend their communication privileges.

Richard Kretovic, of Greece pleaded guilty last month to sex abuse charges. He met his victim while playing Xbox Live. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP