Brit used online game Minecraft to groom boys for sex while on holiday in the US

Brit used online game Minecraft to groom boys for sex while on holiday in the US


A Scottish predator used the online game Minecraft to groom young boys for sex while he was on holiday in the US.

Jordan Kemlo, then 17,  targeted the boys, all under 15, while he was on a two-month holiday visiting family in 2014.

He is now reportedly facing more than 30 years jail after admitting preying on the  young boys.

He was flown from his home in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, last year to face the charges in Arizona after the Scottish Government agreed to extradite him.

Kemlo, now 22, admitted a number of sex offences when he appeared at a court in Tucson and faces a lengthy jail term when he is sentenced next month.

One of Kemlo’s victims’ mums said her son began “acting out” but was reluctant to talk

Kemlo, now 22 – who has a similar previous conviction in the UK – was visiting family when he targeted the youngsters, who were all under the age of 15, via Minecraft.

He has now admitted five felony charges, including attempted sexual conduct and molestation of a minor, during his appearance at Pima County Superior Court in Tucson, Arizona.

The offences were committed when Kemlo was in the country between February and May 2014, when he was still aged 17.

In reports submitted to the US court system, police state the alarm was first raised when the mother of the victim called officers.

She said that when he returned home to the north-east, her son began “acting out” but was reluctant to talk about what had happened.

He later told his mum that he was attacked by Kemlo while they were playing Minecraft, a video game which has a large fan base of children.

Kemlo is also alleged to have spoken to three other neighbourhood children about sexual activity during the same period.

He was flown with US marshals to Arizona in February last year.


He has previously jailed in Scotland for four years in 2015 after sexually assaulting a young boy.

In 2015, the High Court in Glasgow heard how Kemlo’s young victim, who was just six when the abuse started, described him as ‘the bad boy’.

Kemlo was arrested after abusing the boy both at his own home and at his victim’s house. He subjected the six-year-old boy to a three-year campaign of abuse.

After his arrest, Kemlo told police: “I never thought of the consequences. I was shocked, confused why it happened.”

He later claimed that he had previously decided to turn himself in but backed out because he was too ashamed.

Sentencing him, Lord Burns ordered Kemlo to be supervised for five years following his release from custody.

He added: “The social work report is quite alarming. Should you offend during the period of supervision you will be brought back to court and you will be sent back to custody.”

The Arizona Daily Star newspaper reports Kemlo’s offences in the US could result in a sentence of 18 to 46 years, with a presumptive sentence of 32-and-a-half years.

Kemlo is due to appear for sentencing on 22 April.

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