Hutchinson mother warns of dangers of online gaming

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Hutchinson girl is back with family after police say a man took her to Texas.

She met the man playing video games online.

"It was pretty terrifying. We had people texting us, messaging us, trying to get money out of us, saying they had her," said the teen's mother.

It's been a week the Hutchinson woman will never forget.

Her 15-year-old daughter went missing Sunday, and it took four long days before the FBI found the teen and a man inside a Houston hotel.

"I was thinking the worst, trafficking, stuff like that," admitted the mom.

The girl's mother says her daughter met a 36-year-old man through online gaming. Now she's warning others to monitor what their kids are doing online.

Headshots Bar & Grill is Wichita's video-game spot. From old school Ataris, to the newest PlayStation, their range shows just how much gaming has changed over the years.

"A lot of these newer games are either going to require online access or going to be enhanced greatly by being able to play online," says Ryan Revard, owner of Headshots.

Revard says most video games have parental controls. You can restrict the language, blood shown, and even the type of communication a user can have, something this Hutchinson mother hopes everyone knows.

"I would've never thought that. Maybe chat lines and stuff, but not video games. It's a reality check there," said the mother.

Police say 36-year-old Juan Carlos Carmona took the teen from Hutchinson to Texas for sex.

He's been charged in federal court.

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