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Long Island University student trolled gaming sites for child porn victims

The man pretended to be a girl on sites for popular games like Grand Theft Auto and Minecraft.

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A Long Island University student trolled gaming sites like Minecraft (pictured) to find child pornography victims.

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A 21-year-old Long Island University student was arrested Thursday for trolling popular gaming sites to find child pornography victims, according to ABC News.

Robert Garneau, who was slated to graduate from college Friday, is accused of posing as a girl named Allison Denario and asking boys to send photos of themselves, ABC said, citing federal officials. He would then allegedly shift and say he was Allison's angry boyfriend and would claim he'd tell his father -- whom he said was an FBI agent or police detective -- unless the boys performed sex acts on camera.

Garneau used the handle "Raptorr427" or "Bobbysixx" when allegedly looking for underage victims on gaming sites like Minecraft and Grand Theft Auto, ABC said. He's also accused of contacting victims on social media like Instagram and Kik, ABC reported.

Long Island University declined to comment. Rockstar Games, which makes Grand Theft Auto, and Mojang, which makes Minecraft, didn't immediately respond to requests for comment. The Nassau Police Department referred CNET to federal Homeland Security Investigations, which didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.