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Former Rentboy.com CEO indicted on prostitution and money laundering charges

Former Rentboy.com CEO indicted on prostitution and money laundering charges

Jeffrey Hurant says his arrest and prosecution has been 'devastating' for him and many others

Jeffrey Hurant, the former CEO of Rentboy.com, was indicted on Tuesday (27 January) on prostitution and money laundering charges.

Renboy.com was founded in 1986 and was known as the largest online male escort website before its New York offices were raided last summer by federal officers and Hurant and six others were arrested.

Only Hurant has been indicted so far with the criminal complaints against the others still pending

The indictment was handed down by a federal grand jury in Brooklyn. The money laundering charge was not part of the original criminal complaint.

Hurant’s attorney Michael Tremonte tells Reuters he will fight the charges and predicts ‘full vindication at trial.’

‘The government’s charges against Mr. Hurant are unwarranted,’ said Tremonte. ‘He ran his business openly for nearly 20 years, and it makes no sense to single him out for criminal prosecution.’

Users of the site paid a minimum monthly fee of $59.95 to search for a rentboy or masseur on the site by country and city. Escort’s profile pages generally detail the sexual acts each escort is willing to perform and the price.

The criminal complaint called the site’s disclaimer a ruse. It read: ‘This site may not be used for the advertising of sexual services or to engage in activities requiring the payment of money for sex or other illegal activities.’

At the time of the arrests, Kelly Currie, acting United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York, had called Rentboy.com an ‘Internet brothel’ that ‘made millions of dollars from the promotion of illegal prostitution.’