Kretovic’s Criminal Case
In March 2011, the victim’s parents reported the sexual abuse to Greece Police and a criminal investigation led right to Kretovic’s front door. Court and police paperwork (attached) indicates the challenges police had in even convincing Kretovic to open the door for officers.
“I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” Kretovic said over the phone to an officer standing outside his home trying to convince him to come to the door. “I’d rather not, I’m sorry, I don’t want to go to jail.”
Kretovic’s mom returned home later that evening and says she immediately filed a missing person’s report on behalf of her son because she could not locate him and was unaware that he was at the police station speaking to investigators.
"He would never, ever leave the house without calling me or writing me a note or anything and I came home from work and he was gone,” Karen said of that day.
Police interviewed Kretovic for some time and according to the police report he appeared to admit to multiple sexual encounters with the victim. While Miranda warnings were issued according to police, we asked Kretovic’s mom if she thinks her son had a full understanding of his legal rights at the time of this questioning.
“No absolutely not, absolutely not; he was just doing as he was told, that is what he was doing,” according to Kretovic’s mom. "I know that they had to interrogate him to the point where he just cracked, I mean there's no doubt in my mind that he just cried and gave up and was curled up in a ball in the fetal position.”
A Greece Police Spokesman confirmed for 13WHAM News prior to this report that investigators did include in their police report what information they could gather concerning Kretovic’s autism.
Just last week, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman specifically pointed to Kretovic’s case as a reason why his office rushed to broker an agreement with the manufacturers of these online gaming systems.
"Operation: Game Over in fact took on an added urgency after a recent event in Greece, New York…" A.G. Schneiderman said at a press conference in New York City last Thursday. The agreement involved the removal of all registered sex offenders in the State of New York from the online databases of these gaming systems.
A spokeswoman for A.G. Schneiderman’s Office refused to comment for this report and when asked if the office was aware of Kretovic’s Asperger’s.
"He's being vilified in the news as a predator who went out looking, trolling for some younger person (and) that's just not how it was,” Wolfsong said. “He was on a gaming site looking for friends because he doesn't have many friends, because he's not good at making friends.”