Connecticut man charged with seeking juvenile for dungeon

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — The owner of a Connecticut hotel and management agency has been charged with seeking underage girls for "slave training" in his "sex dungeon." 

State police say 46-year-old Simon Hessler was held on $1 million bail on 14 charges including attempt to employ a minor in an obscene performance. He's due back in court Dec. 12.

Police say Hessler, owner of the Baymont by Wyndham hotel in Manchester and New England Hospitality Management Inc. in Vernon, communicated online with an undercover detective who pretended to be a person with access to underage girls.

The Ellington man was arrested Wednesday when he allegedly attempted to pay for a juvenile.

The "dungeon" was found at the Vernon business.

Hessler did not respond to an email or phone call. No attorney was listed in judicial records.


Loading comments...
Hide Comments

Stories that may interest you

Vendor won't oppose bill that would make prison calls free

The vendor that provides phone service for Connecticut's prison system has withdrawn its opposition to legislation that would make calls from prison free for inmate families

Ignoring clash with Lamont, Senate passes family leave

Setting aside the 11th-hour threat of a gubernatorial veto, the state Senate voted 21-15 Wednesday night to pass a Democratic bill that would create a paid family and medical leave insurance policy, a step toward a long-sought goal of labor progressives.

Fugitive says he'll surrender if people 'like' wanted poster

A Connecticut police department says a fugitive has agreed to surrender if enough people respond to an online wanted poster on social media

RI might say goodbye to 'wave' license plates

An effort is underway to replace Rhode Island's distinctive 'wave' license plates and more than double the cost of the new ones