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Criminal charges dropped against Rentboy employees

Written by Agenda Florida

Criminal charges have been dropped by the feds against six employees of founder Jeffrey Hurant, according to information received from the New York Daily News.

The underlings were arrested last August along with Hurant last year on charges of promoting prostitution.

Federal prosecutors alleged that Hurant was operating the web site like an online brothel.

Last week Hurant pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him alone with promoting prostitution and money laundering. He is engaged in plea negotiations with the feds.

The arrests sparked a demonstration outside Brooklyn Federal Court last September with activists accusing the feds of anti-gay bias.

A magistrate judge, acting on a motion from prosecutors, dismissed the complaints against Michael Belman, Clint Calero, Diana Mattos, Marco Decker, Edward Estanol, and Shane Lukas.