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WoW: Boy Finds 42-Year-Old Woman 'Soulmate'

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 93 comments

Can love bloom on the battlefield? For 16-year-old Andrew Kane of Barrie, Ontario and 42-year-old Lauri Price of Texas, the answer might be yes.

Last year, on December 29, Andrew Kane asked his mother and father if they would drive him to a hotel to meet with Lauri Price and to spend the rest of his holidays with her. When the parents denied his request, Kane calmly returned to his room. Then, at 2 a.m. Kane's parents heard the front door open. When they went to check on Andrew, he was gone.

According to the initial report from the Globe and Mail, Kane had left a note for his parents that read: "I don't know how to explain it to you, but this will show you not only the commitment we have to each other, but also that your fears of her are ill found…Like I said, she offered to meet with you. I got in the way of that. What person who would do me harm would be willing to meet with you?"

Kane's parents were aware of some of his activities on the internet, including his addiction to World of Warcraft. Kane supposedly played the game "every waking hour," and rarely attended school because of the addiction. Kane's mother also found an MSN Messenger chat log between her son and Price where they engaged in overt sexual discussions and talked about meeting face to face.

On New Year's Eve, two days after Kane had left his home, the police picked up the boy and the 42-year-old woman at Future Shop after a tip from the public.

Kane lied about his age, telling Price that he was 20-years-old, but given that the age of consent in Canada is 16, Price will not face any criminal charges from Canadian authorities.

Price wasn't so lucky on her flight back home, however, as she was arrested on the plane towards BushIntercontinentalAirport due to the age of consent in Texas being 17.

"She enticed him to leave home. That's illegal in the state of Texas," said HarrisCounty prosecutor Eric Devlin, according to the Houston Chronicle. "It doesn't even matter if it's within the age of consent in a foreign country."

"The (online) chats they have are incredibly sexually explicit. She talks about all the big things she's going to do to him sexually," Devlin added. "She helped him to formulate the plan to run away. She provided him with the wording for a note to leave his mother."

Price remains in the Harris County Jail with a combined bail of $310,000.

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    Socnom , January 6, 2010 2:19 PM
    Hmm. Wonder if they will get an 'Achievement' unlock for this.
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    razorblaze42 , January 6, 2010 2:19 PM
    Kid’s parent’s reaction: Mom is crying... my baby was molested; Dad is high-fiving the kid behind Moms back thinking to himself dam I’m glad he isn’t gay! :) 
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    Glorian , January 6, 2010 2:07 PM
    Can't we all be happy that a WoW addicted gamer got some? Cougar gamer FTW :p 
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    cybrcatter , January 6, 2010 2:01 PM
    Giggity
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    alvine , January 6, 2010 2:01 PM
    /facepalm
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    NapoleonDK , January 6, 2010 2:03 PM
    You're doing it wrong...
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    tapnick , January 6, 2010 2:05 PM
    She picked a heck of a state to live in and participate in these activities. Next article "Texas woman receives death penalty over WOW love"
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    Glorian , January 6, 2010 2:07 PM
    Can't we all be happy that a WoW addicted gamer got some? Cougar gamer FTW :p 
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    NapoleonDK , January 6, 2010 2:13 PM
    GlorianCan't we all be happy that a WoW addicted gamer got some? Cougar gamer FTW

    Agreed I guess, I have addicted friends and it's a sad life they live. From their point of view they seem to get as much attention as they could ever want, but from the outside they're sad shut-ins who never tag along to the movies or out for a drive or anything else for that matter.
    (Wonders what would happen if Blizzard went under...) :) 
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    megamanx00 , January 6, 2010 2:14 PM
    Sad, and yet very very strange.
  • 34 Hide
    Socnom , January 6, 2010 2:19 PM
    Hmm. Wonder if they will get an 'Achievement' unlock for this.
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    razorblaze42 , January 6, 2010 2:19 PM
    Kid’s parent’s reaction: Mom is crying... my baby was molested; Dad is high-fiving the kid behind Moms back thinking to himself dam I’m glad he isn’t gay! :) 
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    thackstonns , January 6, 2010 2:20 PM
    Ok while I dont agree with her doing this. How do I not commit a crime in another country, but get arrested when I am back home for a crime. Its like gambling in Vegas and having the local cop arrest you for it when you get home. Or going to a prositute in Amsterdam, and then get brought up on charges when you get back. Can someone explain it to me, because I am just not getting it.
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    Computer_Lots , January 6, 2010 2:26 PM
    While gross, it shouldn't be illegal.
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    christop , January 6, 2010 2:27 PM
    strange...
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    gnice3d , January 6, 2010 2:28 PM
    Nice to know my tax dollars are being spent on this crap.
    Fucking ridiculous.
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    meat81 , January 6, 2010 2:28 PM
    SocnomHmm. Wonder if they will get an 'Achievement' unlock for this.


    You sir made me laugh!
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    wymer100 , January 6, 2010 2:32 PM
    The enticement originated in Texas so that's where she crossed the legal line. Sounds like a lot of people dropped the ball on parenting this kid. They both need help.

    As for people cheering, what if it was a 42yo man enticing a 16yo girl? People would talk about much of a perversion of the 42yo man.
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    insider3 , January 6, 2010 2:32 PM
    Andrew: Yes, it's big.. My Two-handed staff has +900 everything.
    Lauri: I'm gonna hop on my flying mount and meet you in Canada.
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    Zenthar , January 6, 2010 2:36 PM
    thackstonnsOk while I dont agree with her doing this. How do I not commit a crime in another country, but get arrested when I am back home for a crime. Its like gambling in Vegas and having the local cop arrest you for it when you get home. Or going to a prositute in Amsterdam, and then get brought up on charges when you get back. Can someone explain it to me, because I am just not getting it.
    IANAL, but my guess is that she probably wasn't arrested for meeting with the boy in Canada, but for the sex chat and messages exchanged while she was in Texas. Just a guess here.
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    pooflinger1 , January 6, 2010 2:40 PM
    thackstonnsOk while I dont agree with her doing this. How do I not commit a crime in another country, but get arrested when I am back home for a crime. Its like gambling in Vegas and having the local cop arrest you for it when you get home. Or going to a prositute in Amsterdam, and then get brought up on charges when you get back. Can someone explain it to me, because I am just not getting it.


    The way I read it, she was arrested on the flight back home, not after she got back home. So technically, she was in US airspace and still in the US. Now the reason that she was arrested, is because while what she did was not illegal in her home country, it was illegal in the country that the activity took place in (the US). Example: If you are from a country where pot is illegal and go to a country where pot is legal, and buy it, you have done nothing wrong since the actions were legal where they took place (we're assuming that you buy it and then smoke it and do not cross any borders with it). However, if you live in a country where pot is legal and travel to a country where it is illegal, then you can face charges in that country since you broke that countrys law(s).
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    LATTEH , January 6, 2010 2:44 PM
    i don't know but when i was reading it i found my self twiching.... alot
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    HolyCrusader , January 6, 2010 2:45 PM
    One thing the article mentioned, and didn't fully clarify, was that the boy lied about his age. He said he was 20 years old. Did the woman know he was only 16? Furthermore, how does one actually go about verifying the age of somebody they are talking to online?

    I'm not a law-expert by any stretch of the imagination, but how would a trial go in something like this?
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