Jeffrey Hurant, the former CEO of the website Rentboy.com, was sentenced to six months in prison by U.S. District Judge Margo K. Brodie in Brooklyn.
“The very thing that is illegal – there is no question it did a lot of good,” Brodie said as she announced the sentence, which included a $7,500 fine.
Hurant said he created the website so sex workers could proceed in a safer manner.
Prosecutors wanted him to serve at least a short term to deter operators of other escort services from similar misconduct, while his lawyers have argued that he deserves no more than probation.
In letters to the court, the lawmakers, civil rights organizations and other supporters have cautioned that a tough sentence could send the wrong message to the gay community.
The case is troubling “because it harkens back to a dark chapter in our nation’s history when the government used its vast resources to target and threaten LGBT adults by exposing their private consensual sexual activity,” wrote state Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat.
Five New York City council members from the LGBT community also signed a letter arguing that “a harsh sentence will serve neither society nor the Los Angeles Rehab of Mr. Hurant.”
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Prosecutors had alleged that Rentboy was the equivalent of an online brothel, and what the site called escorts were actually prostitutes. They said part of theproof was in the explicit ads that featured nude photos, listings of all manner of physical attributes and pricing options ranging from $150 an hour to $3,500 for a weekend. – via CBS.com
There has still been no explanation why Homeland Security was involved in the raid upon Rentboy.com in 2015. Many gay activists along with this website have questioned why the agency would single out Rentboy when other escort websites, gay or straight, continue to do business.
“We must fearlessly fight for the rights for consensual adults to choose what they do with their bodies,” Hurant said as he left court, hugging some 30 friends and family members who had come to show their support.
Journalist of the Year First Place: J. Lester Feder, BuzzFeed News – Connected to Chris Geidner past winner.
Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Media First Place: Trish Bendix, AfterEllen – Closely connected to NGLJA and Host of yearly “Media Convening”
The Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism Steven Thrasher – Former Journalist of the Year Award Winner.
Excellence in Blogging Award
Rob Smith for“They Fought The Gays and The Gays Won: How The “Duck Dynasty” Stars’ Homophobia Destroyed Their Brand,” Queerty.com – Lester Brainwaithe who works at Queerty is a NGLJA Board Member and Queerty.com is a professional website with paid writers and sponsored content is not a BLOG.
Faith Cheltenham for “Bisexuals at the Gates,” Bilerico.com – Billerico.com is owned by Bill Browning NGLJA Board member and Cheltenham was one of the hosts for the “2015 Media Convening”
All in all a bunch of close knit “journalist hacks” who give each other handjobs every year so they can make believe that they are great.
A story that is flying under the radar this week is that Monsignor Battista Ricca, who has been charged with cleaning out the stables at the scandal-struck Vatican bank by Pope Francis is having a bit of a scandal himself as he was found stuck in an elevator last Thursday with a male “companion” that turned out to be a well known a “rentboy” .
Mnsgr Ricca, as who was appointed by Pope Francis’is charged with responsibility for the troubled financial institution, known officially as the IoR (Institute for Religious Works), and is, was supposed to usher in new era of transparency and badly needed reforms after years of financial scandal.
It is claimed that Msgr Ricca, 57, impressed Pope Francis with the way he ran three key residences used by cardinals, bishops and priests visiting Rome. But now other claims have emerged of how in 1999, Ricca took a Vatican diplomatic posting in Uruguay and moved his lover, Patrick Haari, a Swiss army captain, in with him, to the outrage of church figures and locals in the conservative South American nation. Captain Haari was forced out by the hardline Polish nuncio Janusz Bolonek in 2001. Monsigno Ricca was also attacked in a cruising area that very same year.
Vatican spokesman Padre Federico Lombardi has publicly dismissed the claims about Msgr Ricca’s private life. “What has been claimed about Msgr Ricca is not credible,” and Msgr Ricca himself has not yet responded to publicly to the allegations.
Italian journalist Sandro Magister of L’Espresso charges that although these incidents were well known, there were not noted on Msgr. Ricca’s personnel records— presumably because sympathetic Vatican officials were protecting him.
Ted Haggard is sending out E-Bulletins comparing himself to Michael Vicks and Tiger Woods saying that he should be doing what hje loves doing, (Taking Meth, getting fucked and fleecing all those born again suckers?) and that he’s “over-repented” about his “crisis“ (Does that mean he takes it back?)
Ah Ted. A few I’m sorrys, and a few tears and it’s off to, pass the basket, because you can’t do anything else but preach because it’s the only way you won’t have to work.
For-profit religion at its finest. If you want to fool others the best way to do it is to fool yourself first..
Go ahead and make some money Ted.
There are alot of needy rentboys ouyt there that can use some “christian” assistance.