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Rentboy.com Owner Gets Six-Month Jail Sentence

Rentboy.com Owner Gets Six-Month Jail Sentence

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The chief executive of rentboy.com was sentenced to six months in federal prison during a hearing that demonstrated the tensions the federal government created when it raided the website’s Manhattan offices in August 2015 and shut the escort site down. “I am considering sentencing your client to six months incarceration,” Margo Brodie, […]

US Seeks Up to 21 Months Jail Time in Rentboy Case

US Seeks Up to 21 Months Jail Time in Rentboy Case

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The federal government has asked that Jeffrey Hurant, the chief executive of rentboy.com, be sent to prison for 15 to 21 months when he is sentenced on July 21 in federal court in downtown Brooklyn. [Editor’s note: Subsequent to the publication of this story, Hurant’s sentencing was adjourned until August 2. On […]

Rentboy.com Owner Argues For No Jail Time in May 5 Sentencing

Rentboy.com Owner Argues For No Jail Time in May 5 Sentencing

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Lawyers for the founder and chief executive of rentboy.com, the gay escort site shuttered by the federal government in 2015, are arguing that their client should be given a “non-incarceratory sentence” when he goes before a judge in Brooklyn federal court on May 5. [Editor’s note: Upon request of prosecutors, sentencing was adjourned […]

Rentboy.com Owner Pleads Guilty Year After Fed Raid

Rentboy.com Owner Pleads Guilty Year After Fed Raid

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Effectively bringing an end to a controversial criminal case that sparked protests and charges the federal government was wasting taxpayer money on prosecuting a victimless crime, the chief executive of rentboy.com pleaded guilty to one count of promoting prostitution and, on behalf of the business, one count of money laundering during an […]

Sean Maloney Raises Questions About Rentboy Prosecution

Sean Maloney Raises Questions About Rentboy Prosecution

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Interjecting himself into a federal law enforcement action that has stirred considerable controversy in the LGBT community, US Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, an out gay upstate Democrat, has written to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Loretta Lynch questioning the motivations and priorities behind a 2015 raid […]

Cases Against Six Rentboy.com Employees Arrested Last Summer Dismissed

Cases Against Six Rentboy.com Employees Arrested Last Summer Dismissed

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As Gay City News was going to print on February 17, the newspaper learned that charges against six employees of rentboy.com who were arrested last summer along with the website’s owner, Jeffrey Hurant, have been dismissed. “That’s good news and, of course, relief for those six defendants,” said William Dobbs, a gay civil libertarian […]

Not Guilt Plea from Rentboy.com Owner

Not Guilt Plea from Rentboy.com Owner

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The chief executive of rentboy.com pleaded not guilty to one count of violating the federal Travel Act and two counts of violating a federal money laundering statute during a February 10 court appearance. “It makes no sense that he’s being prosecuted for a crime,” said Michael Tremonte, Jeffrey Hurant’s attorney and […]

Five Months After Rentboy.com Raid, Owner Indicted

Five Months After Rentboy.com Raid, Owner Indicted

  BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | After what appeared to be months of plea negotiations, the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York has indicted the owner of rentboy.com for promoting prostitution, facilitating a crime by a person under 16, and on two counts of violating a federal money laundering statute. “It’s a crazy and […]

Plea Negotiations Slow Advance of Rentboy.com Prosecution

Plea Negotiations Slow Advance of Rentboy.com Prosecution

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The US Department of Justice and the seven defendants in the rentboy.com case very quickly moved to plea negotiations after the August 25 raid on the Manhattan offices of the online escort site. “The raid and arrests are a huge black eye for the Eastern District’s US Attorney’s office,” said William Dobbs, […]

Protest Against Rentboy.com Raid Targets Brooklyn Courthouse

Protest Against Rentboy.com Raid Targets Brooklyn Courthouse

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Some 70 people turned out to the federal courthouse in downtown Brooklyn to protest the raid on rentboy.com and the arrests of the gay escorting website’s chief executive and six of its employees, and to demand that the charges against all seven be dropped. “This is a waste of taxpayer money,” said […]

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