A Californian man has been accused of housing 12 male runaways in exchange for sex and branding them with tattoos of his name.
Sean Crumpler, 48, appeared in court Monday (28 September) on a dozen counts related to sex trafficking, including one count of a sexual offense with notice of HIV.
Police said 12 males, aged 16 to 21, lived rent-free at his five-bedroom home in Aurora.
According to the arrest affidavit, Crumpler, a computer engineer, ‘hunted’ runaways on Grindr and made them ‘earn’ housing and food through sex.
It also quoted a 16-year-old housemate as saying he knew Crumpler was HIV positive but no one in the house practiced safe sex.
A 23-year-old man, who briefly dated one of Crumpler’s young housemates, said his 20-year-old friend told him that Crumpler travelled as far as Florida, Utah and Washington to pick up boys.
‘He mentioned that they were forced to have sex with him in big large groups,’ he told FOX31-TV.
‘And if he ever had a friend over that they had to go have sex with him, too.’
He said the 20-year-old had a tattoo on his arm of the name Sean and a picture of a bird from a stone entranceway in Crumpler’s neighborhood.
‘He told me that it was because they were supposed to get it, and because it kept away all the other “sugar daddies” when they are out partying or at the club,’ he said.
The 23-year-old said the Crumpler’s young housemates spent their days playing video games, watching Netflix and making homemade porn.
‘They don’t realize they’re victims. They think he’s there to help them and they get whatever they want and they don’t have to work or get jobs or participate in normal society,’ he said.
Crumpler is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on 23 November.
His bail was set at $100,000.
Watch the FOX-31 report below: