One of two men accused of using Grindr to lure gay men to a vacant apartment in Dallas where they’d be beaten, robbed and sexually assaulted has pleaded guilty, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas.
Michael Atkinson, 24, pleaded guilty on Thursday to kidnapping and conspiracy charges in connection with his involvement in the scheme. The victims in the case — nine of them — range in age from 19 to 57.
Atkinson and Daniel Jenkins, 19, are accused of using Grindr to create fake profiles, posing as gay men and luring men to a vacant apartment at the Solana Ridge Apartment complex in East Dallas.
Atkinson faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison for the kidnapping charge and five years in prison for the conspiracy charge, and a fine of up to $250,000 with respect to each offense. The maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress