“A risk to a community”—Counter-Strike co-creator faces $150K bail post-arrest

SEATTLE—Counter-Strike video diversion co-creator Jess Cliffe seemed in a King County courtroom on Friday, where his bail was set for $150,000 following his booking in a King County jail on Thursday over allegations of passionate exploitation of a minor.

Cliffe doesn't have central photos accessible on Valve Software's site; this most older, undated print can still be found on his open MySpace profile.

The bail figure was set following a ask by a King County Prosecuting Attorney’s bureau to set bail during $250,000 “for a community’s reserve and a victim’s safety.” The office, represented by Nyoko Maraire, described a commentary of illusive means when requesting that bail figure: Cliffe allegedly contacted during slightest one teenager around a website, who he paid for sex “multiple times.” In one encounter, Cliffe purportedly videotaped his passionate hit with this unnamed declare “against her will.” After that encounter, a unnamed declare “stopped hit between a parties,” a prosecutor alleged.

Maraire did not yield serve sum about a witness, how accurately a dual parties met, or either Cliffe was privately done wakeful of her standing as a minor.

“Even if a contribution are loyal as claimed, this was a assembly on an adult website,” Cliffe’s invulnerability profession Zachary Wagnild pronounced when requesting that no bail be set for his client. “He was not looking for underage women and had no thought this lady was underage.” Wagnild reliable that his customer and a declare indeed had passionate relations, adding that a declare had “said [Cliffe] was really nice.” This ask for 0 bail also claimed Cliffe was not a moody risk and forked out that he was a longtime Seattle homeowner with his girlfriend, who was in assemblage during a hearing.

The 36-year-old Cliffe was clad in an all-red jumpsuit and cosmetic slippers. He did not pronounce during a hearing. Wagnild requested that any media benefaction not take photos or videos of his client’s face. Pro Tem Judge Rod Benjamin inspected this request, indicating out that Cliffe has “not been charged with a crime during this point.”

Judge Benjamin set a $150,000 figure and described Cliffe as a “risk to a village formed on these findings.” A no-contact sequence was set between Cliffe and a witness, and a sequence is set to end Feb 23. Judge Benjamin also inspected a prosecutor’s additional ask that Cliffe be systematic to not possess firearms for a same volume of time.

Cliffe’s subsequent King County justice coming has been set for Monday, Feb 5. He had not posted paid bail as of press time. Valve Software had announced following Cliffe’s Thursday detain that he had been “suspended” until serve notice. Valve member did not immediately respond to ask for criticism about Friday’s hearing.

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