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When he arranged the meeting at Santa Monica pier last September, during a business trip to the Los Angeles area from his home base in Seattle, he said he was merely pursuing a thrill, not imagining he would really have sex with a 13-year-old.His arguments carried considerable weight in court, and the jury deadlocked on whether he was guilty.He will be fined more than ,000 (£12,500) and obliged to register as a convicted sex offender wherever he chooses to live.

He began cooperating with the FBI voluntarily and was told his help might well be judged favourably in the sentencing phase. He has lost his marriage, his job and 95 per cent of his potential wealth because Disney revoked all his stock options.

And he is not walking away scot-free: he will be electronically tagged for the next nine months and confined to the surroundings around his home.

"We need to be constantly engaging with them online, educating them about 'stranger danger' and encouraging them to speak to a trusted adult if they ever feel uncomfortable," Ms Grant said.

A former Disney computer executive who used internet chatrooms for lewd exchanges with underage girls until he was caught trying to solicit sex from a 13-year-old has been told by a federal judge he will not have to serve any prison time because of his exceptional contributions to FBI efforts to track sexual predators online.

But Ms Mc Lean said concerns about Roblox highlighted a broader issue."Any app or platform or game that allows two-way interaction between your child and another player is going to have predators on it," she said."And then the risk ramps up when you can have chat.