JAREC WENTWORTH FOUND GUILTY OF EXTORTION

Posted July 9, 2015 by with 320 comments

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After closing arguments and jury instructions concluded this morning at 10:00 a.m., the jury in the Teofil Brank (a.k.a. Jarec Wentworth) extortion trial deliberated for approximately two hours, and they’ve just delivered their verdict.

Teofil Brank has been found guilty on all six counts.

Count 1: 18:875(d): Transmitting threatening communications with intent to extort—Guilty

Count 2: 18:1951(a): Extortion and attempted extortion affecting interstate commerce by nonviolence threat—Guilty

Counts 3 & 4: 18:880: Receiving proceeds of extortion—Guilty; Guilty

Count 5: 18:1951(a): Extortion and attempted extortion affecting interstate commerce by nonviolence threat—Guilty

Count 6: 18:1952(a)(3): Use of an interstate facility to facilitate an unlawful activity—Guilty

As the jury was being polled individually to confirm their votes, Brank placed his hands on his face, then lowered his head to the table.

Brank faces 6-9 years in prison, and is scheduled to be sentenced on September 21st, 2015.

 

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  • Dazzer

    Will you be covering his appeal, too?

    • WillG

      As I said it yesterday it should be for ineffective assistance of counsel. I know they had a bad case, but I’ve never seen a worse defense.

      • steve adams

        How should they have handled this, I cant really see any other angle they could have taken? It seemed pretty cut-n-dry to me.

        • WillG

          They could have followed up on the “he only wanted Burns to make good on his promises” defense they argued in opening statements. At least it presented a theory that wasn’t pure malicousness and greed on Teo’s part. They also should have more aggressively sought a plea bargain, even if Teo resisted at first.

          The biggest mistake they made IMO was basing their whole defense on victim bashing.

      • Alan

        Yeah, I have to agree that even in the pre-trial motions, I was not impressed by the quality of the defense counsel, (and the prosecution didn’t seem much better at first, but I think some new counsel came on and things picked up). But it’s also true that they didn’t have much to work with and unless someone can point out some egregious mishandling, I doubt such an appeal would get anywhere…

  • James

    Unfortunately I saw this coming but I still say their was more to it after all Burns only let the FBI check certain months on his phone.

  • Daddycub

    Sad, but not surprising. I liked Jarec until I realized what a greedy egocentric golddigger he is (was). My big question is when is Don Burns going to be taken to task for HIS crimes?

    • James

      He won’t as he was most likely given immunity for his testimony.

    • sxg

      Oh I figured out what a gold digger he was MONTHS before any of this happened!

    • King

      This is a federal case. Most prostitution and sex-for-sale charges are state crimes. The Feds rarely prosecute federal prostitution cases unless it deals with trafficking. It may be true that Burns is guilty of some crime because he may have used interstate means to obtain a prostitute but these were all adult men who provided sexual activities free and willingly. There is no coercive element.

      Additionally, you can not prosecute crimes when you have no evidence. Burns’ own statement is not useable. His attorney (and there is no doubt in my mind that he has one) would never have allowed his client onto the witness stand without a deal for immunity on all federal charges of prostitution. Another potential witness is Jarec himself who worked as a facilitator. Since he is the one on trial, he is likely not willing to help the feds without a deal for himself. Because Burns is Burns, the feds were likely not amendable to a deal with Jarec. And the last potential witnesses would be the prostitutes themselves. Since Sean Cody is advertised as “straight college men” and if you watch it, most of these boys have a certain corn-fed Midwestern thing going on, It is doubtful that they would be willing to admit in court and to the world that they sold their bodies for money then go back home to their homophobic communities and be ostracized.

      Of course, the federal government and state governments are independent sovereigns. Burns may be charged under some state crimes if the state’s criminal justice system can prove it. But that’s provided that the feds did not require cooperation from the respective state governments and those governments offered immunity agreements too. A smart attorney would have required the feds do that.

      Yes, it may all seem unfair but that’s the world we live in. And all this deal-making and discretionary prosecution may sound unfair but it’s how the criminal justice system continues and doesn’t grind to a halt.

      • OneOfTheManyChris

        Homophobic Hometown already knows. Thousands of people have seen them having sex; and as pointed out a few times in the comments, there are plenty of people who make it their business to find people’s real names. Once one person in the community connects the dots, it’s over.

        Everyone who does porn should understand this reality before they start. It’s disturbing how many don’t.

  • BoomPow

    As if there was any doubt. The jury got it right, but 6 to 9 years seems a bit excessive considering federal convictions usually require the guilty party to serve out almost the entirety of their sentence.

  • A.C.

    Now it is time for his Defense team to work with the Prosecution for a sentencing recommendation that is as lenient for their client as possible. Though you indicated that the Judge in this case has a tendency to be ‘fair’ in his sentencing, I would leave nothing to chance if I were them. If I were Brank I would make sure that I appeared as remorseful as possible, not sorry that he was found guilty. Though I expected this conclusion I must say that not taking a deal was, in hindsight, a foolish decision. If the motivation was, as some suspect, the desire to dirty Mr. Burns then it was at best a Pyrrhic victory for Mr. Brank. Again, another sad ending.

    • James

      He wasn’t offered a deal.

      • A.C.

        A defendant always has the opportunity to bargain. In fact, rarely did I offer a plea to a defendant before their attorney had something to proffer.

        • James

          How do you know he didn’t try? Oh and one more thing Public Defender.

          • A.C.

            Whatever reasonable, and I stress reasonable, plea he would have offered to the Prosecution would have been snapped at quickly if it meant that it would have spared their star witness – Mr. Burns – the obligation to testify, skip the uncertainty of trial, and hold him (Mr. Brank) responsible for his crime. It appeared from what I read that he was not interested in dealing.

          • Alan

            I agree. Also the fact that he initially faced only one indictment and that the other 6 charges were only laid after Brank had pressed for trial gives every indication that the Prosecution was holding the door wide open for Brank to plead guilty to the single charge and then he would have been facing only 1-2 years in prison.

          • A.C.

            That is exactly right!

          • James

            Now see I missed that he was only initial charged with one indictment.

          • James

            And it appeared from what I read that they wouldn’t have taken any deal he offered.

            “If the motivation was, as some suspect, the desire to dirty Mr. Burns then it was at best a Pyrrhic victory for Mr. Brank.”

            “Prosecution would have been snapped at quickly if it meant that it would have spared their star witness – Mr. Burns – the obligation to testify, skip the uncertainty of trial, and hold him (Mr. Brank) responsible for his crime.”

            He was carting around his porn star kept boy(ashton) all the time so really how concerned could he have been with being dirtied? Further this trail never seemed uncertain it was stacked against Jarec from the start. But when you have the money to screw anyone and run to the police and openly admit to sex crimes with out any fear of a charge it’s easy to ensure you get the verdict you want.

          • A.C.

            I am not sure what you read, but the Prosecution initially charged him with one count and then expounded on it after he made the decision to proceed to trial. One count should have been signal enough for him. As for the claim that Mr. Burns was some nefarious figure that was able to manipulate this situation, the fact still remains that there would have been nothing to manipulate if this young man kept his powder dry. He is the reason he was prosecuted not Mr. Burns.

          • James

            Not everyone is educated enough to see one charge as a signal, but as I said we don’t know if he offered to plea. So assuming he didn’t try isn’t right.

            “As for the claim that Mr. Burns was some nefarious figure that was able to manipulate this situation”

            Only allowing the FBI access to certain months on his phone was manipulating the situation. It’s not a claim it’s fact FBI agent named Jonathan Bauman stated “he would’ve liked to have seen everything on the phone going back years, but that didn’t end up happening.” He only allowed them access from February to March. If anyone else had report black mail like this they would not have allowed them to restrict that access.

            “the fact still remains that there would have been nothing to manipulate if this young man kept his powder dry”
            Very true, he did wrong never said he didn’t. Just that panting him as the only one who did wrong here is inaccurate.

          • A.C.

            1. That is the reason he would have been wise to wait for an attorneys involvement before pressing for trial. That is also apart of my conclusion that he was not prudent in the handling of his defense.

            2. It is not manipulation if all the officer said was “I would like to see that” and Mr. Burns said no. The state could have compelled him to turn over the information if they so chose. The fact that they did not does not spell manipulation or favoritism at all. The argument that he participated in wholesale manipulation just because he did not allow them to see more information than what was needed does not aid Mr. Brank’s case. The evidence that they did see was more than sufficient to prove Mr. Branks was guilty. There are any number of legitimate reasons why Mr. Burns may have not wanted them to see years of information on his phone. For one, he might have information on his phone that may not have been germane to the issue at hand, but still could have been rather personal to him. Whatever the reason, we cannot use that refusal of a request, not an order, as reason to conclude that Mr. Burns somehow manipulated the situation.

            3. I am not particularly concerned with what Mr. Burns did. I have my moral objections to prostitution, but in this instance, his lustful behavior did not hurt Mr. Brank. As purely a social policy matter, Mr. Burn’s ‘wrong’ was victim less.

          • James

            1. I completely agree he wasn’t equipped to handle this and should have waited for his Public Defender.
            2. That is you opinion and not fact, my belief is not fact either and I admit it. So agree to disagree on the issue.
            3. My bottom line is that Burns was not as much of a victim as he was painted out to be.

          • A.C.

            2. I am not arguing fact, not at all. I am just countering your claims of manipulation by Mr. Burns. That said, I do not see any evidence of manipulation and you are right, reasonable minds can disagree on that.

            3. I cannot see how Mr. Burns is not a victim in this situation. He may have committed a crime, but that did not make him any less of a victim.

          • James

            Perhaps Victim isn’t the best wording, he was a victim of black mail I don’t disagree. However the threat it posed was not as server as he claimed. As he was not actively concealing his hiring when he was bring Ashton along to very public events.

          • Alan

            Bringing along a ‘trophy date’ to a public event is one thing (and according to an escort friend of mine, a surprising percentage of these hires do not lead to sex afterwards), having explicit details of gay sex orgies with multiple partners blasted publicly across the Internet (and perhaps, the media) is quite another. Of course, that’s what ended up happening anyway by taking this to trial… and it’s why I won’t be surprised if the sentence isn’t on the high end because of that…

          • James

            Never said it lead to sex, and it wasn’t just bringing a “trophy date” who was a well known porn star, it was also him openly trying to have porn filmed at his house. So really how worried could he have been about exposure?

          • Alan

            Sure, and if it happened, I’m sure that Burns would have regaled some of his friends with the story with a lot of wink, wink, nudge, nudge and knowing laughter… But again, I’d argue that innuendo among a select circle of friends/associates is very different from having your explicit sex life blasted to world for everyone to talk about… and it would appear the jury saw it that way too!

          • James

            “But again, I’d argue that innuendo among a select circle of friends/associates is very different from having your explicit sex life blasted to world for everyone to talk about”

            You assume that it wouldn’t have been public knowledge, it is likely it would have been.

            “and it would appear the jury saw it that way too!”

            Not really as that argument was barely a part of the case. Further you seem to think I’m arguing that the verdict is wrong, I’m not. Jarec commited these crimes and the facts support it.

            However the facts also support the Burns exaggerated the threat of exposure Jarec posed. Unless of course their more to the story(ie Jarec’s rape claim).

          • Alan

            You think the general public would watch Sean Cody and then go ‘oh that’s Don Burns house??’ I mean it might get a mention in a gay XXX blog, but that’s hardly on the same level as having one’s sex life explicitly outed.

            And the two extortion counts require there to be threat of harm to Burns’ reputation (and according to Zach’s Twitter feed, the defense emphasized that there was not during their closing arguments). Now you may think that Burns exaggerated it (and I don’t see, personally, how Brank could have done nearly as much damage to that reputation as this trial has done) but the JURY decided that sufficient harm was done to warrant conviction on the extortion charges…

            Anyway, I think at this point we’ll have to agree to disagree on this.

          • James

            “You think the general public would watch Sean Cody and then go ‘oh that’s Don Burns house??”

            Did I say that? No What I said is it likely would have been public knowledge whether through a tabloid leak etc.

            “damage to that reputation as this trial has done”
            Have you seen this anywhere outside of queerty or the gay porn blogs? Just curious as I haven’t seen any other media coverage on it.
            Finally like you said agree to disagree and as I said to A.C. Thank You for being civil.

          • Alan

            I’m in Canada, so no I haven’t seen other coverage, but any time anyone wants to look it up, it will be in the court records now.

            But yeah, I’ve also appreciated the civilized discourse. Have a good evening! :)

          • Mike Julius

            But the fact that it MIGHT have become public knowledge down the road is different from threatening to be the certain disseminator of that information for profit.

            Zach can correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t he initially offered a
            deal before trial and he was determined to take it to trial? If I’m not remembering wrong, that’s why I think the judge just might give him the maximum–the fact that he ultimately used the court to carry out his threat.

            But even if not, he’s still the one that brought the threat and why all of this is out there. Most judges take a dim view on that.

          • Dazzer

            It’s a story on gawker.com today – and that has a pretty wide readership.

          • James

            Oh and Thank You for being civil that is a rarity online during a debate or disagreement.

          • A.C.

            You are most welcome and thank you for being so civil and cordial as well. I agree, good manners are hard to find in the digital world in which we post.

          • disqus_9xayOTnP13

            Rules after being arrested:
            1. ask for an attorney.
            2. shut up and wait for 1 to appear.

          • James

            Unfortunately not everyone is that smart.

          • disqus_9xayOTnP13

            My straight lased Pops gave those gems to me at 16.

          • WillG

            Where did you read that? I’m very curious, as other people have said that and I don’t know where it’s coming from.

          • A.C.

            It is based on the premise that the Defense can offer a plea to the Prosecution just as the prosecution to offer it to the Defense. When Mr. Brank was charged with the sole count he could have plead then and saved himself this outcome. He failed to do so and that was an ill advised gamble.

          • WillG

            Yes a defendant always has the option of pleading guilty. I don’t quite get how that’s an “offer.”

          • A.C.

            If the Defendant pleads he does so with the offer of a plea of guilty or no contest in exchange for a lesser or reduced sentence, or a plea to fewer or lesser charges. The offer in this case would be “I Mr. Brank plead guilty in exchange for the sole count first filed and a sentence recommendation for time served and probation.”

          • daniel harcourt

            its an offer because it saves the expense of a trial and in the Federal system in particular Prosecutor grading is all done based on convictions.(unlike States and Local DA’s in the Federal courts the Prosecutors are appointed and not politicians looking for political points) the sure thing of pleading guilty can be highly appealing to a Federal Prosecutor.

      • Mike Julius

        Didn’t Zach report earlier that he was offered a deal before trial? Correct me if I’m wrong, Zach.

        • James

          I don’t recall that but maybe I missed it.

          • Alan

            Again, deals almost never become public knowledge unless they’re agreed to by both parties. The only exception I can think of is if proceedings need to be stayed/postponed to finalize negotiations, but even then, you won’t know what the terms are until they’re jointly submitted…

  • sxg
  • TK
  • Looking at the charges, how could the jury have come to a different conclusion? Sad but I hope Teo will now be able to see the error of his ways. As for Mr Burns. Looks like he will get off Scott free.

  • atlas

    not surprising, though 6-9 years seems excessive for non-violent extortion :/

    • loyalty888

      doesn’t seem excessive for a million dollars and an audi

    • sxg

      If it was non-violent, why feel the need to bring a gun to pick up your $1 million?

      • WillG

        Because he thought Burns might try to off him.

        He should just thank his lucky stars the gun charge was dropped, or he’d be facing 15 years now.

        • sxg

          So then it’s not non-violent. And why the hell would someone kill you at a Starbucks? lol Jarec is full of shit. He obviously brought the gun to try and intimidate DB.

          • Dazzer

            Except he left the gun in the car. He didn’t bring it with him into the Starbucks

          • WillG

            That’s probably why it was dropped.

          • sxg

            While that is true, the gun was still within the vicinity and was where he could go and access it. I think had the gun not been involved in any way, it would have made for a better case for Jarec.

      • atlas

        maybe he wanted to go to walmart later

      • Do you actually understand the term ‘non-violent’?

  • I must say. Excellent reporting Zach! This blog has had me gripped for months.

    • CA

      Edge of my seat! Nice job.

    • kevin

      too much editorializing

      • Alan

        That’s a matter of opinion. A news agency can send a reporter to report and a columnist or anchor to editorialize and comment, but here there’s just Zach and I think in this case he struck a fair balance…

      • Tony161956

        It’s a blog, not the Washington Post

        • Dazzer

          It’s the Washington Post of gay porn blogs, though…

      • GN

        too much editorializing? (I just doubled checked my browser to make sure I was on a porn blog and not The Wall Street Journal) Nah, Zach is fine.

        • Mike Julius

          And the Wall Street Journal has an editorial section, no? What backwoods bulletin board doesn’t?

          • GN

            I was flippantly trying to make the point that this is a porn blog, and the dirty dramatic details is precisely what we are all interested in, not ‘just the fact’s reporting, this is not MSNBC (and God knows they take more dramatic liberties than Zach ever will). He did fine (though we all coulda done with a few selfies at the courthouse bathroom urinal with the defendant)

          • Mike Julius

            And I was agreeing with you… (in hindsight, I could have been a lot more clear about that.)

          • GN

            I am not certain what Teo felt that his leverage was. Burns is not closeted. On the contrary, it seems to be an open secret among his peers, that he carries on with hustlers. Why do you suppose he did not think that through?

          • Mike Julius

            I think it was the threat that Burn’s straight friends and business colleagues would find out what he’s up to behind closed doors. Teo knows that homophobia is still rampant in this country and beyond.

          • GN

            But Burns was openly cavorting with hustlers at political events, it’s not like he was hiding it. And surely the folks there knew what was up with all his 20-something male dates. That’s why I don’t understand what Teo felt he had over Burns, perhaps there was something deeper that did not come out?

          • Mike Julius

            But did he announce that this was someone he was paying to fuck? He’s not the first businessman to take escorts to events, but not many of them go around the room explaining the sexual situation there. There’s a difference between people in society raising their eyebrows and them KNOWING he’s fucking this guy for money and having paid orgies on the weekend.

          • GN

            I think it’s safe to say that no one saw SC’s Ashton with Donald Burns at a public event and assumed they were merely platonic friends. I’m certain there were quite a few chuckles in the restroom about how sly ol’ Donald snagged another one. None of this was a shocking revelation to those who knew him. I think it was more an ego bruising on Donald’s part then being afraid of exposure.

          • DRACULA

            Speak for yourself fagget

          • JROBGF

            Guess spell check doesn’t penetrate your coffin. Sorry, your stupid is showing!

          • DRACULA

            Maybe it’s better for u to go lick a man’s asshole fagget n then Co protest for equal rights like the rest of us normal people

          • JROBGF

            Goodness! Someone has issues! Am a tad curious as to why you are following a gay website – mommy issues? End transmission.

          • DRACULA

            I guess I have to explain this to your u like your slow minded…….. I’m not following a fag website….im following jerc aka teo……. I’m following updates about teo and his case….. And I’m not the only one…. Eveeybody thay grew up with him are doing the same…..he did fag porn u idiot…. Where else am I going to get the latest information about him…. You can’t put the two together?….you have the logic of a frog.

          • JROBGF

            My goodness, Str8Up – here was me with my very clever and very witty reply to that illiterate. Thanks for several things. Thanks very much for preventing me from going off my face at that buffoon. Everyone must be allowed their opinions. But, seriously, to follow web sites like this with those attitudes? Somebody’s got some issues! I was trying to figure out how to lodge a complaint (really, the guy was right cranky) when I discovered you’d deleted his comments.
            Moving on.
            Thanks for the article on Mr. Faulk. I’ve always thought the guy was pretty damn cute – not really into blonds, but really objected when people posted – on other sites – negative stuff about the guy. Hey! Porn is! Ya look, ya lust, ya use Kleenex – purpose served. Doesn’t give you the right to be mean about the guys in the videos. You presented a balanced interview with a guy I find cute – no bias. It was intelligent, interesting, and funny. Only made me like him more – maybe he sways more to the female side, that’s good with me. But he kinda likes the same dudes I do, the Ryan Roses. Cool.
            Literally stumbled across this sight. Am I ever glad.
            You’re smart, you’re in touch. Your readers post very smart things. (Does GN wanna get married?)
            Kudos, guys. Live is happier having discovered Str8Up.
            Just sayin’…

  • Sashay away

  • Kevin

    Why does he have to wait till September 21st to hear how he will serve?

    • VADick4U2

      So that the judge can decide how he wants to punish him. If it was a mandatory sentencing then he would start today.

      • Kevin

        I’m not from the States and i always thought that when a jury is involved they decide the sentencing.

        • WillG

          Not in federal court, although they do in death-penalty cases.

    • A.C.

      Typically it is to give the Defense and the Prosecution time to complete a sentencing report.

      • Kevin

        Ok, and does this mean that if Jarec doesn’t have a criminal record he will get minimum sentencing?

        • A.C.

          That is one of the factors that the Defense will certainly add to the report to the Judge. Again, for the best possible outcome for their client, I would beg, and I do mean beg, for a sentencing recommendation that favors their client. There is no motivation for the Prosecution to grant the request now that they have prevailed, but it is worth a try.

  • VADick4U2

    Rich will always walk. Wonder how Don if Don will continue to pay his boys. 6-9 years for a guy know to have gay sex…prison life is going to be very difficult for him.

    • kevin

      Once bitten, twice shy?

      Actually, I imagine he will, only he’ll be a little more careful in future.

  • Who what where when how…

    someone needs to assassinate the Burns monster

    • sxg

      Monster??? Sure he’s no angel but he gave thousands of dollars for all the models for a few hours of work they would never get on their own skills because they have none. Jarec just took advantage of his generous wallet and got greedy.

      • Tony161956

        And gave much more to Republicans

        • Mihcael Davies

          what does that have to do with anything?

    • kevin

      sorry he put a hot porn model in jail

      • green

        I hope that the defenders can look at the following issues in Jarec/Jarek’s life:
        1. did he have learning difficulties at school ? Is this documented? This can account for his very poor judgement,
        2. estrangement. Jarek stated in one of this threats to DB that the Romanian community is very close. Yet his family never bothered to turn up to his trial. I read Jarek is one of 10 siblings. Did he think he could hide his porn activities from them? Normally, large families are much more inhibited inside the family, compared to small families, regarding nudity in the home etc.
        I’ve often wondered how porn actors cope with being found out by their family seeing their videos. Maybe Jarek was estranged from his family long before he started porn Therefore what his family thought was to Jarek irrelevant. But Jarek also stated in an email from prison that his father and other family would not contribute to his bail money.
        Jarek’s defenders need to map out Jarek’s life and when he became estranged, and also the psychological impact this had on him, if he were abandoned etc. Such abandonment could account for his narcissism. Also it would have made him very streetwise, and casual and unthinking in dealing with wealthy clients.

        Such psychological and background reports will be important in getting Jarek a fair sentence.

  • TK

    So does this mean all the boys on Don’s ranch move up a peg? Will MacKinzie still get his monthly stipend? Will it be increased for being a good boy? Is Taylor still a ‘friend’? The story doesn’t end here!!!

    http://38.media.tumblr.com/707df698616357f756380ffe1895c9df/tumblr_n8ahacwyEJ1sar3c7o1_500.gif

    • Stacy

      And how does David Geffen feel about being drug into this sordid tale….

      • kevin

        Old hat to him. Ain’t the first time

    • Odetofear

      Dude if i was Burns whore. I would totally ignore him. I also kind of hope Justin Mathews gets the cold shoulder from everyone in the porn business. He came off as real snake.

      • loyalty888

        Ignore your constant source of income?! lol. If you’re already willing to be his “friend” to be on his payroll, you’re not exactly going to stop that just because he has a few character flaws. What you do instead is make sure you have leverage in case he decides to go after you. It’s all covered in the gold digger’s handbook.

    • moondoggy

      22 miles until we get to Sean Cody … where felonies and Donald Burns get made!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aperQxsDio

  • Schadenfreude.

    A word some of you queens need to look up…

    • Aunt Porcus

      for reals

    • NG212

      Right? I’m no Jarec superfan. Really, I stopped caring for his work when he showed up at Randy Blue. But still…

      I know he’s guilty, but I don’t think he deserves to spend 6-9 years in prison. This is sad.

    • sxg

      Says the cunt who posted this about Brian Bonds: “The beauty has faded in this one and the stupid is shining on through.”

      • I didn’t take delight in Brian Bonds being stupid. I was merely stating a fact.

        Thanks for remembering this cunt though.

        • sxg

          http://www.andpop.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Sure-Jan-Brady-Bunch-Tumblr-meme.gif

          And I guess insulting Ryan Rose’s face is just merely stating fact as well: “Ryan Rose looks like he was thrown on his face as a baby and survived to tell the tale.”

          • Oh cute, ANOTHER over used GIF. We really can’t get enough of those from you…

          • steve adams

            break it up boys…

          • Kudos for the stalking skills. Top notch.

          • Rick Tan

            lol, saying someone has busted up face is equivalent to delighting in someone going to prison for up to 9 years?

            Ok.

          • sxg

            Uh no the whole argument is about the original poster saying that we are taking great pleasure out of someone else’s misfortune when he was being a hypocrite and was making fun of, and getting pleasure, from Ryan Rose’s “busted up face.” Ryan’s “busted up face” is not the same thing as going to jail for extortion because Ryan had no control of how his “busted up face” was going to develop. Now a face like Nick Capra’s, duckface and Donald Burns laugh at those faces since they destroyed them with cosmetic surgery.

            And yes I am taking great pleasure in Jarec going to jail because his greed led him here. He tried to extort money from Donald, and got away with it. He could have walked away, but no he wanted a million this time around and he got caught. Sure they’re both to blame, but Jarec’s prison time is ALL ON JAREC!

  • Loki

    Is 6 yrs the mandatory minimum? I think 18 months is sufficient. When he gets out, he’ll be a felon with no education or skills to recommend him (except for prostituting himself); that’s punishment enough.

    • Dave

      Doesn’t matter what his sentence is if he’s in any shape after he gets out of prison you no some porn studios are going to offer him work, that’s obvious from past performers with criminal records. In fact the studios will eat it up & exploit the former convicted felon for all he’s worth…mark my words

      • Loki

        No doubt, MEN will welcome him back. They have a number of felons, wife-beaters, and sex offenders working for them already.

        • Dave

          Oh yeah MEN will be at the top of the list for sure!!!

        • daniel harcourt

          They seem enthusiastic about their criminals, maybe a name change is in order CONMen a name with so many meanings the models, what they try to pull over their clueless customers.

          • Lol – ConMen dot com, I love it. I’m gonna go register it right now. It’ll be like Sketchy Sex but with a criminal vibe.

        • Estelle

          He will get out of prison owing a chunk of the $500k that he extorted from Burns before his accounts were frozen, (around $50k) plus fines, none of which can be defaulted on. If he did go back into porn I don’t think he could capitalize on his crime so in any scene that he did, nothing about his crimes could be hinted at.

        • 6-9 years is a long time in the gay porn industry so who knows what will happen. Men might not be around when he gets out. Or he may have to follow rules as a condition of his release and doing porn might not fall within those rules.

    • Rickster Rickster

      gun. involved innocent 3rd party without their knowledge. he should have got more time. blackmail is such an ugly word….

      • Dazzer

        Weapons charges were dropped. The judge ruled that it wasn’t relevant.

        • Rickster Rickster

          he still involved an innocent party.

          • Dazzer

            How do you know he was innocent? The court transcripts say Yim was informed what Brank was going to do.

          • Zachary Sire

            Yim pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony for aiding Brank. He’ll probably get a very light sentence since he testified for the government against Brank.

          • Rickster Rickster

            I don’t fucking care. you can defend this sack of shit whore scum all you want. he should be doing even more time.

  • Stacy

    I always wondered what happened when money competes with beauty – I guess now we know….

  • erexshawn

    Everything I have read about this guy indicated that he is a narcissist who feels entitled to whatever he wants. He may be pretty, but he’s a hustler who contributed nothing to society. Some porn stars raise money for AIDS, some raise awareness about social issues. Brank just wanted to exploit others for his own personal gain. Burns ain’t no saint and he may chase young pretty boys, but he paid them well and seemingly treated them with respect. I hope Teofil gets the full sentence.

    • kevin

      I admire the gay4pays who use their porn $ to pay for their education or achieve some other life-goal. CF’s Trevor allegedly graduated with a high GPA and went to a top-20 law-school. CF’s Kent says he’s working on an advanced degree and I have no reason to doubt him. Another former CF model recently opened his own business. I’m sure there are similar stories for some of the SC guys.

    • Tony161956

      Yeah, right. Treated them with respect. I’m sure he demeaned and devalued them at every turn using his wealth as a tool of his superiority

      • Scrapple

        If you let someone demean and devalue you, that’s on you.

        • Mike Julius

          Not always, but none of these guys seem powerless to me, so your point stands.

      • Mihcael Davies

        And how would you know he devalued and demeaned them…. -__-

  • Patrice Luciano

    I don’t understand why this case went to trial. Just an ugly fat bastard paying hot guys for sex…. The hot guy wanted more money and the old cunt did not want to pay anymore. There was no violence. Burns is as guilty as jarec for paying people to have sex with him. I think the FBI should take care of other cases. I hope hot jarec won’t go to jail

    • Nicktpa

      He’s already in jail and will be for the next 6–8 years.

    • asby

      Wasn’t he offered some sort of plea deal? If he turned it down….it’s the price you pay for rolling the dice

      • James

        No he wasn’t, it’s unknown if he offered a plea deal himself.

        • Alan

          You don’t know that he wasn’t offered a deal any more than we know that he was. As we discuss below, we can infer from the timing of the charges that the prosecution was amenable to dealing for the month between the first indictment and the 6 subsequent charges being laid. A deal is almost never publicized unless/until both parties agree, so it’s impossible for anyone not on one of the legal teams to say authoritatively whether or not any deals were offered and who offered what to whom.

          • James

            “You don’t know that he wasn’t offered a deal any more than we know that he was.”

            True but if he had been offered one and he refused it most likely the prosecution would have mentioned it during trail.

            “As we discuss below, we can infer from the timing of the charges that the prosecution was amenable to dealing for the month between the first indictment and the 6 subsequent charges being laid”
            Unfortunately I don’t believe Jarec was educated enough to realize that.

          • Alan

            1. Usually when either side begins negotiations for a deal, the stipulation is made that if the offer is not accepted, it never happened. That’s to protect both sides, otherwise the prosecution could say in court, Brank was willing to plead guilty to charges A & B or the defense could say, the prosecution was willing to drop charges X & Y. So incomplete deals never happen and you usually only ever find out about them when someone writes their memoirs.

            2. Brank HAD legal counsel from when the first indictment was laid and there was certainly someone who was filing defense and bail motions during this period. So whether or not he was ‘educated’ enough to recognize his opportunity, his counsel would have been fully familiar with how the deal-making process works (they have to be, they make enough of them) to advise him. But that’s all they can do, advise. And Brank has shown through this entire affair, he makes very poor choices…

          • James

            2. No he didn’t and when he did get his legal counsel it was already heading to trail. So ya him being educated enough to know an opening is a factor.

          • Alan

            How do you know he didn’t have counsel at his arraignment?? If he did not, then counsel is invariably assigned and certainly the attorney, Seema Ahmad, was acting for him by his April 2 bail hearing, http://str8upgayporn.com/breaking-jarec-wentworth-bail-denied/ , and is still listed as his (one of) his attorneys a month later on the various defense motions Zach reported here: http://str8upgayporn.com/jarec-wentworth-teofil-brank-arrested-indicted-extortion/. Zach also mentions that other defense motions were filed in April, so it certainly seems he had every access to counsel during the several weeks between the initial and subsequent charges. That’s the whole reason a public defender system exists (however imperfectly)!

          • James

            I thought I read it on one of the blog post about him not having/firing his attorney but I can’t find anything so I must be mixing this up with another case. So I’m wrong here.
            PS Agree about the system being imperfect.

          • Alan

            It’s a system designed and run by humans… It’s GOT to be imperfect! 😉

    • kevin

      It went to trial because Teofil Brank committed a felony.

    • I’m sure you’ll get a lot of heat for this comment, but I agree with you. The actual ‘harm’ here that is supposed to have been suffered by Burns seems completely dubious to me, and there wasn’t any violence involved. Just a huge miscalculation on Jarec’s part.

      Is Teofil a first time offender? If so I really don’t think anything more than a year altogether should be served.

    • joe campbell

      Do you always think with your dick or porn head ? I wonder how you would feel if someone tried to extort you ?

    • Mihcael Davies
  • DRW11

    Good. I’m happy with the verdict. He got what was coming to him. He seemed to live in his own bubble thinking he could do and get away with anything but now his bubble has popped….

    as for Burns….I think he is scum and not as innocent as he tries to look. He uses his money for power and he can only blame himself for this even happening to begin with. When you are giving that kind of money to pornstars / escorts…you are bound to deal with greedy assholes.
    Not only is he scum, but he’s also extremely gullible….saying him and Ashton are good friends…..? Please. Ashton is milking him for all he’s worth and it’s actually kind of sad that he has to pay him thousands of $$$ a month to keep him around. If Burns told him he cant give him money anymore but would still like to be friends and hang out, I guarantee Ashton would want nothing to do with him…..

    This whole thing is just ridiculous and am glad it’s over…for now…..until Burns deals with another crazy escort which will happen later down the road.

    • James

      “saying him and Ashton are good friends”
      He knows their not, but he very well couldn’t say he’s his kept boy.

    • loyalty888

      I’m sure since this has been going on for so long Donald is ok with paying for long term companionship. He knows someone like Ashton wouldn’t hang out with him otherwise

  • robirob

    Would the judge also decide if Teo gets deported after he has finished his sentence, or is deportation off the table by now?

    • James

      I believe Zach said he’s listed as a US citizen on the court documents which means deportation is not on the table.

    • NG212

      He’s a U.S. citizen, not a permanent resident. He can’t be deported.

      • sxg

        I think in severe cases if you are not a natural-born citizen you can have your citizenship revoked and deported. But this isn’t a severe enough situation for that to happen, and I think it’s only for those that gained their citizenship as an adult.

        • James

          I believe you are 100% correct.

        • Mike Julius

          And I believe you’d have to have gained the citizenship under fraudulent circumstances, no? If you were telling the truth when you were granted citizenship can you still be stripped like that?

  • Todd

    .
    https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1038&bih=505&q=Screaming+Noooooooooo&oq=Screaming+Noooooooooo&gs_l=img.12…3391.11606.0.14532.21.21.0.0.0.0.872.3675.0j16j1j6-1.18.0.ekpsrh…0…1.1.64.img..8.13.2942.gzRNPKW5Obk#q=Screaming+Noooooooooo&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbs=itp:animated&imgrc=MHRNm6joKpL-lM%3A

  • Kevin

    They are all greedy bastards. Burns wanted more models, Justin wanted more money because he felt he was a good “friend” and Jarec wanted more money because he felt used and wanted to take revenge on Burns.

    • James

      Jarec claimed at one point that Burns raped him.

      • Mihcael Davies

        and yet never reported the rape? Hmmm

        • James

          Most men don’t report rape especially straight ones. I to am suspicious of the claim but considering Burns argued over 2g finders fee cause someone dare cancel on him I wouldn’t put rape past him. On the other side of it if his claim was true why not use it in court, so really it could go either way. I was simply pointing out one claim/possibility.

  • NG212

    This is sad. Why the fuck is everyone so Old Testament? Like our criminal justice system is sane and rational when it’s not. Nor are American prisons good places for rehabilitation.

    I know that Jarec’s crimes are more serious than Burns’s crimes, and I disagree with what he did. But I can’t stop seeing Burns as a villain. That doesn’t at all mean Jarec is some saint or hero. And I haven’t loved his porn since his Sean Cody days. But I buy into the defense’s closing argument about Burns being an asshole who doesn’t have to face any accountability because he’s wealthy.

    I also think Burns is the villain because he completely raided Sean Cody. Today’s update was Pete and Curtis flip-flopping. A scene that might have excited me five years ago. Burn’s actions, directly or indirectly, is a big reason why the greatest porn studio extant has lost its way.

    Have you seen the casting of his orgies? It’s the greatest guys of the Golden Era — and this is still a gay porn site.

    • kevin

      How is Burns a villain? A fool, perhaps, but he paid these guys well, didn’t coerce them, and they — Brank and Griggs, at least — turned around and bit the hand that fed.

      I can’t condemn Burns because quite honestly I don’t say what I’d do if I had that kind of money and found myself 50+ and alone. Mid-life crises are real and Burns seemed to be going on the gay Spring Break he never had a chance to back when he was in college.

      Piracy has contributed to the downfall of Sean Cody, Corbin Fisher and others far more than Donald Burns and David Geffen occasionally ‘borrowing’ their top models.

      And knowing what we all know about Curtis, I can’t get excited about any of his scenes anymore. Maybe a hard hate-fucking from Landon, only KKKurtis doesn’t deserve any guy that hot.

      Burns should have had the good sense to go after some of the more braniac models, like CF’s Kent.

      • Tony161956

        Burns is no fool. He may not be a villain in the black & white sense of the word, but he’s a duplicitous weasel. He used his wealth to contribute to GOP candidates and causes —many of which harmed the LGBT community. That excuse of being alone and fresh out of a break-up was pathetic.I’m sure his looking for “love” in younger hot guys was going on well before his supposed break-up. Boo fucking hoo. The good news is that his precious reputation, if he had one, is tarnished for good

    • robirob

      “I also think Burns is the villain because he completely raided Sean Cody.”

      He’s the Yoko Ono of Gay Porn!

  • kevin

    Justice has been served.

    A guilty verdict shouldn’t prevent the judge from giving Burns the dressing-down he richly deserves.

  • Snappy

    I’ve been reading all of the excellent coverage of the case on your blog. Putting aside everyone’s feelings about Jarec/Teo and how he handled his “arrangement” with DB, this episode underscores the unfairness of our system of justice where the prostitute/madam suffers the consequences and the “john” walks away scot free. It has been this way for time and memoriam and it just seems inequitable and unfair. I don’t live in LA and I don’t know Jarec/Teo but I do like him and appreciate his enthusiasm for his work. I can’t help but feel he pulled up the short end of the stick on this. None of us should be so naive as to think DB has clean hands on this and whatever else.

    • Loki

      Toefill is getting sent down for extortion/blackmail, not prostitution. All the other whores in this case (Justin, Hayden, Mackinzie, et al) are doing just fine.

      • robirob

        Well, I think at least Mackinzie can expect a very intense IRS auditing session (Who did you get money from, how much, where is the money now?). Don’t know if that constitutes as fine.

        • Alan

          You can bet that if they hadn’t made sure that McKenzie’s (and/or Burns) records could stand up to scrutiny ahead of time, they surely would have done so before they took the stand…

          • robirob

            But here is the thing. Did Mackinzie disclose all of his income and relationships (from which he received additional money and gifts from) to Don and the guy Don hired to make sure all of the transactions by Don are taking care of and stand up to scrutiny?

        • MimiB

          Burns could have set up the monthly payments as a contractor status requiring 1099s to Ashton. He could have also trued up the monthly payment to cover the taxes with Ashton filing as self employed. Not sure if they were doing this or not but speculation is fun ain’t it. BTW, DB has just 3.5 inches

      • kevin

        Hayden found Jesus, lol!

      • Snappy

        I don’t want to get into a long online debate but, last time I looked, prostitution is illegal too. While we have read the texts, we don’t know what took place in their private conversations. I think all the parties took this too far, including Jarec/Teo’s trash-talking texts, but no one has clean hands on this including the Feds.

        • Zealot

          I believe in most states, it’s known as “solicitation” with other things tagged on, such as “…with intent to commit an immoral act”, etc.

        • Mike Julius

          And if one of the charges was for prostitution and Burns remained untouched, you would be absolutely right. That’s an exchange they’re both guilty of, but the feds didn’t touch it and that’s probably why.

          • James

            As someone else on here said feds rarely touch it, it’s 99% handle on a state court level.

          • Mike Julius

            So that might still happen for them both then since Burns has no immunity from prostitution charges. I’m pretty sure if Brank gets charged with it so will Burns and vice versa. Burns getting charged with that would be bad news for Brank. And Justin. And Ashton. And…

          • James

            Unlikely as he most likely was granted immunity for his testimony. So even if he was charged what was said by him wouldn’t be useable.

          • Mike Julius

            He said under oath while giving said testimony that there was no immunity in exchange for the testimony. Prosecutors can’t just let perjury like that stand. So either the prosecutor and Burns are lying about that and no one will get charged with prostitution (since Brank getting charged would inevitably bring the lie out) or there really is no immunity and everyone might be still (by the state as you say); I didn’t know about the feds never really touching prostitution.

          • James

            I was unaware he said that, so yes he could still be charged. Fed’s only handle it when it’s like sex traffic large scale prostitution.

          • Mike Julius

            I see, well you learn something new everyday. And I thought he had immunity, too. But WillG linked to another article where the report was that he had none: http://www.courthousenews.com/2015/07/09/gay-porn-star-guilty-of-extorting-fla-tycoon.htm

          • James

            Thanks for the link, I missed it in the comments.

  • nodoubtfan

    Wow.

  • *NmySkynn70*

    good coverage @str8upgayporn.

  • Fella was too fucking greedy. Should’ve just taken that half a million dollars and Audi and STFU and disappeared! But I hope he only gets a couple years or (preferably) less, I hate the idea of caging human beings for excessively long periods of time where actual violence has not occurred and actual ‘harm’ is dubious. I also don’t consider him a threat to the public, and only two days for a trial that determines whether you spend years in prison having your liberty deprived doesn’t sit well with me at all.

  • DPS

    Nice work Zach! Congrats on quality reporting.

  • S .

    Funny how Burns got off scott free (or did he get off Scott for free?). Gotta be nice being rich.

    • Tony161956

      Not so funny. Wanna bet he made a deal?

      • sxg

        Of course he made a deal. They weren’t going to help him without them getting something out of him.

  • steve adams

    I found this on Courthouse News Service: “It was a way to have sexual contact without commitment and I had the resources to do it,” Burns told prosecutor Kimberly Jaimez, adding that he not been granted immunity from criminal prosecution. If they go after Burns who has no immunity are the SC models next??

    • WillG

      Thank you for pointing that out. Some commenters have said he obviously had immunity. He said under oath he did not.

      Here’s the link to that article.

      http://www.courthousenews.com/2015/07/09/gay-porn-star-guilty-of-extorting-fla-tycoon.htm

      • Mike Julius

        I was one of them. I’m pretty amazed his lawyers didn’t press for immunity before their client cooperated, but I guess Burns, like Brank, was pissed enough to roll the dice to see his enemy go down.

    • John Iii

      They don’t really care about simple solicitation on either end of it so not much to worry about. That’s considered a petty crime that won’t be bothered with since kids are not involved and all adults. Everyone knows if you do porn there is a 50%+ chance you’re also an escort. That’s not news to anyone nor do they really care.

  • Estelle

    Did any of the key players/witnesses return to hear the verdict?

    • Zachary Sire

      No. The courtroom was nearly empty.

  • john

    i predict 4-6 years, he’ll be out by 2018

  • Colorful Kent

    There should be no judgment on prostitution, since porn is actually a legal form of it. Jarec should have been prohibited from ever doing porn again, since that’s what led him into it.

    • Justin

      True

    • Benton Fraser

      Whilst you have a strong point about prostitution, the trial was about extortion. He will not be serving any time in prison due to prostitution.

  • Estelle
    • CBW

      LOL. So many porn stars’ lives really do seem like they could be straight out of a John Waters movie, don’t they? Is that HRH Carlotta?

  • Justin
  • Justin

    Where are the videos ? ganbang,etc
    I want the videos <3

  • Slippy_World

    BRAVO -excellent reporting ,felt like being a “fly on the wall” all thru the whole sorted business ( fly on a sh*t house wall comes to mind …) .Other “main stream” gay oriented sites -blogs were all late to the party .You kept us in the thick of things from the beginning. Thanks for your reporting and dogged quest for the story .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yUeqIXOh54

  • Bob Bilbert

    6 ain’t so bad….parole in what 3-4? Still need pictures of those SC employees are Donal Burns needs to be prosecuted as well.

  • yaoirabbit

    Anyone planning to write him in prison? And that’s not me trying to be funny. It’s a legitimate question.

    • Dazzer

      I’m not, but I suspect quite a few people will.

      I’m not sure how the prison system works in the US, but if it’s anything like the UK, Brank will be able to have a kind of PrisonAmazon (Pramazon?) wish-list that he can write to correspondents about and they’ll send him clothes and a limited amount of money or goods.

      To be honest, I wouldn’t be overly surprised if Donald Burns didn’t try to correspond with him.

      • yaoirabbit

        I brought it up because in the past, I considered writing Harlow Cuadra. This was back when I used to talk to John Roecker. John was convinced of his innocence and gave me a DVD containing a documentary he did with Harlow because he wanted me to hear his side of the story. John and I no longer speak (I have nothing bad to say about him though) and any plan I had to write Harlow never happened as a result.

      • James

        “Pramazon” Love IT!

        “they’ll send him clothes and a limited amount of money or goods.”

        In the US we allow money to be sent to/deposited in to a prison account, no goods or cloths.

  • Scrapple

    I’m sure the jury had reached their verdict twenty minutes into deliberation. There was no way this was going to end well for Teo. He made one stupid decision after another because of jealousy and greed. Still, I feel sorry for him. It’s hard enough for regular people to make something of their life after a stint in prison. Teo will have to deal with that, and the added baggage of being in porn and escorting. Either he’ll end up working a minimum wage job somewhere, or he’ll be right back in porn. Meanwhile Mr. Burns is none the worse for wear. He won’t face jail time, he won’t lose his high-profile connections, he’ll still have his paid fucktoys on retainer, and he’ll still have all that money. His reputation may have been sullied a little in the gay press, but in the grand scheme of things, what the fuck does that matter? Nothing will change, except Burns will probably get better at hiding his hoe tracks. Teo tried to bring a slingshot to a giant fight, and he lost. Bigly.

    • slipperyslope

      As (one of) my hero(es) said, “You just brought piss to a shit fight, you little cunt!”

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n60y364JUm8

      • scooternva

        I’m sorry, but I just adore Ehrlich. He is by far my favorite character on “Silicon Valley”. And is it wrong that I find him just a little bit hot? 😎

  • Odetofear

    He is guilty of all this shit, so i’m not surprised. There was no real defense, only letting out Burn’s dirty laundry. Which was pretty hilarious. Poor Jarec, he’s given me so much joy through his porn work. My heart aches for him it really does. Especially since it seems he has no one on his side. Try and keep in touch with him Zach. Try to make him feel like he’s not completely alone. I hope he gets the least possible years (six, i guess), hopefully he’ll keep to himself and get let out even earlier.

    • John Iii

      I will agree with you on this one. He fucked up big so paying the price..but his work did bring joy. Despite the obviously flaws the dude is great at sex i can give him that. Now if he’d just not gotten so damn greedy he wouldn’t be in this mess. I think it should be legal to get paid or pay whomever wants to have to sex with you but to go full blown extortion..well that’s on him. Eh at least he didn’t’ kill someone like one of his alums did.

  • Scrapple

    Zach, are your thumbs okay? Did you develop carpal tunnel from pouring all this heavy tea for weeks on end? Do we have to set up a GoFundMe for you?

  • n24rc

    I’ve read some comments and it appers that the consensus is that he was guilty of the charges, but there appears a disagreement as to the extent of how much time should be served for the crime.

    Here are a few things to keep in mind: once the verdict is given, the judge can commute the time in jail, to reduce the amount actually served from the resulting conviction in consideration of the months in jail awaiting trial. I think the judge will do this for the benefit of Teo and the state of California. Again, this conviction is a “non violent” crime, so I think the judge will be lient for that reason.

    Keep in mind, our system has faults…After all, that bitch, Justice is blind! Given this, we have an adequent system that offers the appeals process. So once the judgement and sentencing is given; Teo can make use of the appeals process to reduce his time.

    Also he can make probation earlier, if he makes every EFFORT to turn over a new leaf….and avoid futher incidents and issues in Jail. If he establishes a good conduct in jail, he can make earlier probation – this is if course Don has moved on… I assume he won’t testify in the probationary review process.

    I fully belive, he will convicted for a minimum of 6 years, he can start building a bridge to freedom if he takes full advantage of the system as I mentioned above.

    • John Iii

      You gamble big as he did you lose big. Really simple as that. So he get’s what he gets.

    • Nicktpa

      This was a federal case and there is no probation for federal. He will also have to serve 85% of his time at the minimum if he behaves himself in prison. So CA has nothing to do with this case.

      • n24rc

        Your right, I forgot this was a federal case. Oh boy. Yikes!

    • Alan

      The flip-side is that it can be argued by taking this to trial, Brank has pretty much caused all the damage to Burns’ reputation as he had threatened to… If I was the prosecution, I’d be emphasizing that point and arguing for a longer sentence and at that point, it will be up to the judge.

      As for your comments about reducing the time served, the past six months have shown that Brank will not take the easy way out and instead choose the most self-destructive paths available. While I can hope for change, I’m less optimistic that he’ll manage to do so…

      • n24rc

        Yes. I’m just trying to be optimistic for Zach’s sake. He seems a bit bummed by this.

    • James

      ” this is if course Don has moved on… I assume he won’t testify in the probationary review process.”
      Considering Burns claims it started over a 2g finders fee not being returned, i’m going to say bitch holds a grudge and will testify.

  • GN

    Am I the only one who feels that 6 to 9 years in prison for this is a bit harsh?

    • John Iii

      I don’t find it so. You play big you lose big.

      • GN

        He’s not being punished for what he did, he’s being punished for whom he did it to.

        • Mike Julius

          I think he’s being punished for both. But poor people aren’t extorted because poor people have nothing to be robbed of, so someone without Burns resources would necessarily not have been the victim of this. So obviously who he did it to matters, but the fact is he did it. And it’s a felony, and I hope he gets a reduced sentence, but he deserves something for a felony.

          • James

            Extorted no but black mail can and does happen to anyone including the poor.

        • John Iii

          Agree with Mike. The FBI got involved because of the amounts. If it were only 500 bucks and not a million they wouldn’t care. That’s a misdemeanor for 500 bucks. You go big you get the feds involved. Takes someone with money that you’d even try that with. Try an extortion attempt with a walmart employee..lol..they would laugh in your face. They won’t make that in their life lifetime let alone be able to cut you a check for it

        • John

          Exactly…he didn’t have a chance in front to this jury…a hustler for a rich guy…and now Burns goes back to breaking the law…..they’re two sets of laws one for the common folk and one for the filthy rich and we as juries play into it

        • James

          Defiantly

    • He’s lucky though he will serve his time in a Federal Prison rather than a CA state prison. Federal prisons are like country clubs compared to the state prisons, especially CA’s notoriously overcrowded state prison system.

    • James

      Agreed.

  • TalkDirtyToMe

    Please, everyone in this drama played out their parts as could have easily been predicted.

    Donald Burns: He is rich. When one is rich, you don’t need looks or a personality to be interesting. Thus he expects to get the things and people he wants. He, like most of us if we could, used Sean Cody like it was the Home Shopping Network. He has accepted his lot that any man under the age of 40 who he wants, he will have to pay for. And he is willing to do just that. The problem comes that when you do shit like he did and you make yourself a blackmail candidate by trying to keep it quiet, you are bound to get blackmailed. The only question was which one of his purchases would risk blackmailing him.

    Jarek: He saw money and a lifestyle he wanted and foolishly thought he had figured out how to get it. Maybe he had a falling out with Burns that made him feel like he deserved a big payout but he proved to be too greedy and too stupid. His downfall was also inevitable.

    So to all you prospective millionaire Johns looking for “friends” be prepared to air your shit like David Geffen. Notice his young “friends” has to stoop to stalking when he felt wrong because Geffen did his shit in the open.

    And to all you prospective gigolos. Enjoy the ride as long as you can and don’t get greedy. Notice how Ashton is still sitting pretty.

    • John Iii

      That’s the message..DON”T GET GREEDY and commit extortion. Many many dudes pay for it because they can afford to and i don’t judge either side of the transaction if it’s consenting adults. But to move into extortion well you get what you deserve when you get busted. There is a huge difference from a mutual agreement vs extortion.

  • Mike Julius

    Tragic, if for no other reason than I just realized he made the only watchable Andrew Christian ad ever: https://vimeo.com/117641965

    • n24rc

      IT’s almost as if Zach posted this ad as a “In memoriam” video on the front page of the blog.

    • Pascal

      For the very good reason that it’s not an actual AD ad but something Colt Rivers directed for his own reel.

    • kevin

      the one where jacob ford a.k.a Porter gets tied up is pretty hot, IMHO

  • Pascal

    I don’t enjoy the side of SUGP that likes to instigate drama but the court reports were really, really well written. You should do more of that and less of the former.

    Excellent reporting and a great job!

    • sxg

      lol no people don’t come here to see no drama! You have QueerMeNow for “drama”-less “reporting”

      • steve adams

        Right. But I have to say I appreciate QMN for their hard-hitting reporting on this case… NOT!

        • sxg

          You’ll have to wait until Friday, or Saturday, for his coverage on this story in his weekly Gay Porn News post in which he’ll post all the hottest gossip, by posting a link to this site of course!

          • steve adams

            I don’t even think he would do that unless someone writes a press release for him!

          • sxg

            He’s done it before, but that was before the whole Tai fiasco! He’ll probably link up the story from another site lol

      • Pascal

        It’s not reporting: just copy/paste-ing press releases or write-ups with a side order of English mangling. Oh and some not totally creepy set visits while they are filming as a reward for ‘good behavior’…

        • Bruser

          QMN is the Don Burns of journalism a tad too close to his subjects

        • loyalty888

          LMAO! One of the best comments I’ve read, and not even about this story.

    • Dazzer

      And who, precisely, is brown-nosing now?

      Ya know I luvs ya. :-)

      • Pascal

        Gotta admit I walked right into that one. 😀

  • BoomPow

    So what role do you think Jarec played in all of this?

    • Dazzer

      ??????

    • Corax95

      I’d like to see her saying that in the jumpsuit she’s wearing at the federal prison where she’s currently incarcerated! LOL

      • BoomPow

        Maybe you can get a visitors pass and go see her next Saturday.

        • Corax95

          Nah, I’m skurred she’ll flip a table on me!

  • DPS

    Personally, I feel that Jarec went at Burns all because a model Jarec recruited for a liaison no-showed. Jarec lashed out at Burns because Don acted like a spoiled child when he didn’t get what he wanted and took it out on Wentworth. Jarec fucked up to be sure. But, Burns burned Jarec and would likely do the same to his own mother. Burns will walk away with nothing against him but maybe a very affordable fine. But he has no problem fucking with the lives of guys that help him get his pleasures. Burns is a disgrace on humanity.

  • BowDownBitches

    I think this type of crime deserve six months at best, especially if you’re able to repay the money. I know how the American judicial systems loves dishing out harsh penalties to the people who try to mess with the rich and powerful so I’m not THAT surprised. It’s just sad.

  • mariodemocrat

    As U.S. taxpayers we paid for this. We paid for the investigation, the sting, the prosecution, and the defense. And what did we get? Is a violent offender off the streets? No. A drug dealer or human trafficker or someone who’s a threat to the community at large? No. We got to play the role of Don Burns’ insurance policy. He wanted to illegally cavort with trash because he can, and when things got out of hand, we got to bail him out. Does anyone actually think this man has learned his lesson? That for the next 20-30 years his dick is functional he’ll stay above board and keep his nose clean? I seriously doubt it because what does he have to lose now? Whatever concerns he had for his reputation are diminished or gone completely. Whatever sentence Jarec ends up with, it’s a fucking joke if Burns gets off completely free.

    • steve adams

      Not to mention we are paying to house him for up to 9 years…

  • kevin

    As per Courthouse News Service:

    “Of Romanian descent, Brank has been in the United States since he was a toddler but is not a U.S. citizen.”

    Yes, he can be deported. I don’t know if his sentence can be commuted if he agrees to be deported.

    • John Iii

      Actually all the reports are he is a citizen

    • Zachary Sire

      No. He’s a U.S. citizen.

  • John Iii

    Havn’t yet but i’d pay “Curtis” to btm for me given the opportunity. He may be a redneck and all but the dude can swallow some cock whole and take it up the ass like a champ. The kinda red neck bud good to have around even if you have to pass him a few bucks. Just dont hang around when we’re done because i don’t have time to pretend we can have a conversation.

  • LSD

    So ashton gets to go to comic con after all!

    • John Iii

      I wonder who’s paying him to attend with them

      • ted cox

        Maybe Bryan Singer promised to get him a screen test for the next X-Men movie.

        • John Iii

          LOL..perhaps in exchange for some head..

        • robirob

          Oh please, Amadon is WAY too old for Singer and I doubt Singer would want Ashton as a “beard” (boyfriend he is seen with in public to make the general public forget about all the parties and encounters with barely legal teens where he gave them access to drugs and alcohol).

    • Bruser

      Yeah. Break out the Spidey costume and the Grand Marnier.

  • Dazzer

    Gawker covers the verdict. Doesn’t mention Str8UpGayPorn. People commenting redress the balance:

    http://gawker.com/porn-star-found-guilty-of-extorting-500-000-from-telec-1716925625

    • steve adams

      Where is the LA Times???

      • Dazzer

        In Los Angeles?

      • Bruser

        The LA Time is an artifact from the stone age. Totally irrelevant.Was there any local LA news coverage of the trial? KCAL did run a spot when Teo was charged.

  • Nude Male Magazine

    This is the best blog of adult male content,, awesome reporting Zach!! Bring on the awards ♥

  • Sask

    Congratulations to Zach Sires for reporting on this case. I’ve learned a lot from the case and from the comments. Including the court documents in the reporting has been illuminating. And there are some interesting comments as well from the peanut gallery, who clearly know what they are talking about. Who would have thought that so much can be learned from a porn blog!

    I used to think Teofil was hot at SC but lost interest with his move to RB and the porn blog reports of being a prima donna. It really is sad that a guy with such natural advantages in his looks and body could not take advantage of it cleverly in the current celebrity obsessed culture. It is never very clever to try to beat the rich and famous at their own game. It is more clever to try to join them, like the Kardashians have done, terrible example that may be.

    Someone has commented that a few CF models have used their money to set themselves up for another direction in life. That is refreshing to see, in contrast to most of the drama.

    When will the movie of this modern tragedy be released? Some clever bunny must be planning it.

    • John Iii

      There is no movie to be made from it. The story is as old as dirt just different names this time. Story already told many times. You are correct if you try and play the game of trying to extort your benefactors. They will always win. They have the power and you’re just an employee that if turns on you they will easily destroy you. That’s just how the game works

      • Bruser

        Yeah it’s an old story and Hollywood has remade it may times Foxcatcher comes to mind. The Republican hypocrisy gives this story a new spin particularly in an election year.

      • Sask

        I read somewhere that the number of storylines is limited. We’ve had Rocky I-IV, Starwars I-VI, even Magic Mike II is coming out, so there is plenty of scope for this one. BTW, I can think of the name of a movie where a gay porn model/hustler is convicted of extortion. This one will Jarec Park I.

    • Dazzer

      Just want to echo your comments about some of the people making comments here on this case.

      Some of the people commenting have been absolutely brilliant. I’ve learned so much about Americna law – and I’m incredibly grateful to them for having contributed their expertise and wisdom.

      For Zach Sire, I hope he’s getting himself an agent and he can hawk a possible film based on his articles around some studios so they’ll option the story.

      He needs to get in fast, though.

      And I don’t know what Sire’s writing background is, but if he could knock out a synopsis and ten pages of a script tomorrow or the day after, any potential agent would give him a blow-job on the spot.

  • DRACULA

    Damn….there goes teos chance at Hollywood….it’s what he always wanted…he could of just stayed in Sacramento and continued to work for me….in was paying him good money…eh I’m sure he regrets it now….taking all that dick in his mouth was for no reason now lmfao

    • John Iii

      well his cock sucking skills will probably come in handy in the slammer. If he really is in there for 5+ years you know he’s going to screw around with someone.

  • Edward

    As a fan of The Sword and MenOfPorn Blogs, I am DELIVERED!!!! You have converted me to STR8UPGAYPORN!!!! I love this site. This is my first stop on the internet. I love it here. Way to go Zach!!!!

  • Wow, poor Jarec :(
    That’s an asshole move by Jarec but the kid shouldn’t go to jail for 6 to 9 years.

    • Rickster Rickster

      you’re right. he should have gotten 12 to 15. the asshole brought a gun to the rodeo and involved an innocent 3rd party

      • Dazzer

        The weapons charges were dropped. The gun was unloaded, it was left in the car and Brank didn’t take it with him.
        Apart from that, spot on.

        • Rickster Rickster

          wasn’t aware of them dropping the weapons charge. he should still do more time.

          • He’s just being an asshole – but should he really be put in jail for 6-9 years or longer for a non-violent crime? He’s only 25 years old…. so young :(

          • Rickster Rickster

            you do the crime, you do the time.

          • Dazzer

            So, if he got sentenced to four years probation and 300 hours of community service, you’d be happy with that? Because that’d be the time he’d be sentenced to.

          • Rickster Rickster

            he won’t be. he’s a whore who tried to enrich himself through extortion. he’ll be in the slammer for a nice stretch. you people are really rather pathetic in your defenses of a common whore.

          • Dazzer

            I’m not defending a whore – common or otherwise. I’m defending the actual consequences of the legal system/criminal justice system.

            There’s no iota of my being that’s a fan of Teo Brank or Jarec Wentworth, but in real terms he hasn’t done as much damage as even a drug dealer on the street.

            You’ll get no disagreement from me that Brank is a witless prick. But in real terms he hasn’t done much to hurt humanity as a whole. And in equally real terms, he’s not done that much to harm Donald Burns.

            Yes, he should be punished, but let the punishment fit the crime.

            Who, exactly, is hurt here?

          • Rickster Rickster

            extortionists do real time. his method of committing the crime was especially despicable. he deserves everything he gets. he’d just better hope the judge isn’t a republican.

          • Dazzer

            Has someone extorted you at some stage in your life?

          • Rickster Rickster

            there is something seriously wrong with you. you act like one of those republican trolls on a political website.

          • Dazzer

            Exactly, good lady, he’s a stupid kid. He has to be punished, but 6-9 years seems excessive punishment for a non-violent crime.

            As you say, he’s an asshole. But if he’s slung in prison for even six years, he’s still going to cost tax-payers more than the money he extorted – and even Donald Burns will be paying (through his tax) to incarcerate someone from whom he’s never going to get the money back in any future civil suit.

      • audiosf228

        what innocent 3rd party?

        • Dazzer

          He’s talking about Etienne Yim, the good-looking hunk who acquired the unloaded gun and drove Brank to the Starbucks in the full knowledge of what Brank was intending to do.

          Yim isn’t ‘innocent’ in the eyes of the law and he’ll receive a (probable) slap on the wrists for his participation in Brank’s scheme.

          At this point Rickster Rickster is saying whatever he wants because he’s got a full hate hard-on for Brank. Facts and accuracy seem to elude him in his passion.

          There’s no doubt that Brank was – and probably still is – a witless muppet. But he doesn’t figure highly in the annals of crime. Rickster seems to want to foist the upkeep of aforesaid witless muppet on the American tax-payer for as long as possible.

          I’m not sure what Rickster’s motivation for this is, but I’m sure his therapist could give us all a proper explanation.

          • audiosf228

            yea, he’s hardly innocent. they’re tweedle dee and tweedle dum. I feel like jarec would’ve walked away but mr financial advisor or whatever his job is had something to do with asking for more money. maybe.

          • Dazzer

            Ummm… there’s a lot of stupidity to share around in this story. To be honest, I don’t think anyone comes out of it looking like that they couldn’t borrow a braincell.

          • audiosf228

            LMAO

        • Rickster Rickster

          I was under the impression the guy he took with him to the meeting was an innocent bystander. I haven’t been following this story like the rest of you guys have. I have an actual life. didn’t even know the whore’s trial had started yet.

          • audiosf228

            haha it’s cool. it started and it’s over. sentencing is sept 21st. catch up! 😉

    • William

      I agree Mr. Pam….and he has to pay for his mistakes. He should get probation, community service…..we’ll see September 21. I think someone who is just as guilty or worse, is Donald Burns! He uses and exploits people for his own satisfaction…all because he has ‘money’ and the so-called-power/influence that goes with it.He is unconscionable. He comes off as a low-life ASSHOLE…and his day will come…NOT c*u**m! He’d love that too much. Jarek played a dangerous game, and greed and all, got to him. He made big, serious mistakes, but we’d all be hypocrites if we said we haven’t done so at one point in our lives. I will not throw stones at glass houses!

  • Brian Sky

    This is so sad, poor Jarec. A young, healthy guy messing with the wrong people and taking the wrong decissions. :( And all for the money :(

  • Brian Sky

    By the way, does someone else notice that Zach seems to be passing through a hard period of sex drought? He seems to find anybody hot, at some point of his reports during this week I thought he was going to say that sexy Don was smiling at him or something like that. Just kidding!

  • slipperyslope

    I’m curious if anyone knows where Jarek will serve his time. I’m guessing he has just been in LA county jail up to now, but when it comes time for the long stretch, it is going to be some maximum-security federal joint, or will it be a more lenient holdup where he can learn sewing, and, I don’t know, fuck some lonely housewife in exchange for some power tools?

  • Caleb Exhem

    Damn …. I kinda feel bad for him not because he is cute or what ever the fact of the matter is he lost a game he sure as hell should not have been playing and that shit sucks.

  • Rickster Rickster

    activist jury! activist jury! a gross miscarriage of justice! he’s innocent I tells ya, innocent! oh the humanity! — that’ll teach the little punk to mess with his betters. it never goes well when the whore tries to play dirty tricks with a rich client.

  • Orlando Chan

    It is sad that greed has cost this guy 6-9 years of his life.

    • John Iii

      Not really. If your that stupid you pretty much deserve it

  • Marcus Collack

    Somebody is getting a raise!!

  • William

    Quite a soap opera….well after September 21, I’m sure Mr. Brank won’t be dopping it in the shower in the slammer….then again?!?!!! 😉 Should have kept on making good ol’ porn and not be so greedy.