Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Repeated 'Sex-Tortion' for Online Sex-Seeker
A married, multimillionaire DuPont heir was extorted three times after meeting women for sex and online chats through a "sugar daddy" Web site, court records reveal.
Stephen Dent -- a 54-year-old with an estimated $100 million fortune -- willingly paid the women, whom he called his "slaves," more than $200,000 for hotel trysts and Web chats, according to police reports cited by the Greenwich Time newspaper.
In one case, the Greenwich, Conn., investment-firm chief coughed up $15,000 for a sex session with a "sugar baby" whom he met through SeekingArrangement.com, Greenwich Time reported.
But it wasn't enough for some of the women.
In three cases, court records claim, the women or associates of theirs blackmailed Dent for nearly $150,000 by threatening to expose his philandering, which one defense lawyer reportedly said included "vile and vulgar" acts.
Dent, a great-grandson of one-time DuPont company chief Alfred Irénée du Pont, was married in 1986 to Valerie Johnson, the granddaughter of a former Pennsylvania congressman.
In March 2008, Queens. New York resident Roy Sipel, 22, pleaded guilty to larceny and was sentenced to 16 months in prison for extorting $40,000 from Dent after learning he had had sex with Sipel's girlfriend, the newspaper reported.
Dent nevertheless visited SeekingArrangement.com again, and again was blackmailed, this time by an Ohio couple, Dawn and Christopher Jessop, records state.
The Jessops were busted this March after extorting $100,000 by threatening to release "chats, e-mails and photographs of me, to my wife and office employees," Dent told Greenwich cops.
Dent paid $9,000 to a third woman who extorted him, court records state.
(guess guys like Jacoby, Beckstead, Yidwithlid and Capers should be relieved this hasn't happened to them... YET!)