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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Homeland Security Must Put Up or Shut Up

Homeland Security Must Put Up or Shut Up

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The Manhattan raid was carried out midday, with newspaper photographers and TV camera crews conveniently on hand to record law enforcement agents exiting rentboy.com’s 14th Street office, evidence in hand. Homeland Security led the charge, and the NYPD backed them up. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was quoted as shocked, shocked, shocked such […]

The Security Inked Deepthroat Found at Rentboy.com

The Security Inked Deepthroat Found at Rentboy.com

BY NATHAN RILEY | Inked Deepthroat was with his uncle, who is gay and worldly wise, when a text flashed on his cell phone announcing the raid on rentboy.com –– and that his world had been turned upside down. One friend was among the seven arrested by agents from the US Department of Homeland Security backed […]

When the Feds Punish Tougher for the Same Crime   

When the Feds Punish Tougher for the Same Crime   

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Depending on the charges they eventually face, the seven defendants in the rentboy.com case could face significantly increased prison sentences under federal law as compared to the sentences for the state laws that form the basis for the prosecution of the popular escort website. “The same basic crime can have a higher […]