Coquitlam "Swatter" Pleads Guilty to Harrassment, Extortion, and Threats

Following his arrest for a series of swattings against female gamers, a 17-year-old internet troll pleads guilty and awaits sentencing.

After being arrested for "swatting" numerous female gamers living throughout Canada and the United States, a 17-year-old boy from Coquitlam, B.C. has pleaded guilty to extortion, harassment, and threatening others online.

If you're not yet familiar with the term "swatting," brace yourself, because you're about to lose a little faith in humanity. Swatting is intended to be a kind of prank, like having pizza delivered to someone who didn't order it... only instead of calling the pizza place, they've called the police to say that you've got a gun to your mother's head... and instead of a pizza delivery guy showing up at your doorstep, it's a S.W.A.T. team armed with semi-automatic weapons, ready to take you down at the slightest misstep.

Swatting joins doxxing in the troll's toolbox as yet another trending implement of cyberbullying, and while incidents of swatting have been on the rise, the charges pressed against this teen and others like him may prove to discourage future perpetrators.

Not just a prank, but a serious, life-threatening offense

On Friday, May 15th, the teen (who as a minor, cannot be identified) arrived for his sentencing hearing. During this time, Prosecutor Michael Bauer described the teen's interactions with his victims, who had only dared to reject his online advances. In retaliation, the teen would obtain the personal information of his target and use that information to report hostage and/or bomb threats to his target's local police.

In one such case, a young Arizona woman was forced by circumstance to withdraw from her school to escape these threats. In another, the parents of a girl in Minnesota had their credit rating destroyed when the teen posted their personal details online.

Before finally being arrested, the teen showed complete disregard for his behavior, livestreaming his actions on YouTube and bragging about it on Twitter. As his mother stated in an interview with CKNW AM, “I don’t think he really still comprehends at all really what he’s done.” Her full interview can be found in the soundcloud link below.

The teen's sentencing hearing is set for June 29th.

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Published May. 28th 2015
  • David Fisher
    Featured Columnist
    I'm not sure if this kind of thing has happened outside of North America, but the government needs to seriously get involved in this. I always thought they had methods of tracking down people who call in. I suppose that they can only track landlines effectively, with many swatters (I assume) using cell-phones.
  • GameSkinny Staff
    I am so, SO glad this didn't end up as another "Boys will be boys" ruling, I would have been pissed.
  • K.W. Colyard
    I hope this starts a trend. I don't understand how someone can thnk this is okay to do to another person.
  • Victor Ren
    I don't want to sound sour, and I really don't want to wish bad upon someone else especially not having the chance to get to know him, but thank goodness he gets caught. This swatting thing is not funny, and they are invading someone else's privacy for something that isn't humorous to anyone but that sick fellow.

    Kid got what was coming to him, and hopefully he takes this and matures. And to all those others out there I hope they learn as well.
  • Amanda Wallace
    Former Staff Editor
    I'm glad to see someone finally getting punished for this inane and dangerous activity.

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