News Brief - Jarek Wentworth Sentenced to Prison

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News Brief Jarek Wentworth Prison

News Brief Jarek Wentworth Prison

News Brief - Jarek Wentworth Sentenced to Prison

A federal judge has sentenced gay porn star Jarec Wentworth to five years and 10 months in prison.

Wentworth, 26 was convicted this past summer on six counts of extorting Donald Burns, a multimillionaire Magic Jack exec who admittedly had a penchant for sexual affairs with gay porn stars.

In sentencing, Wentworth was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release following his 70-month prison term.

In a presentencing report delivered earlier this month, the U.S. Probation Office determined that Wentworth’s imprisonment range should be 70-87 months.  The office recommended a low-end sentence of 70 months and a three-year period of supervised release.  Federal prosecutors, however, were aiming for 80 months of imprisonment.

In the case at hand, the gay porn actor had threatened to expose Burns’ “sexual liaisons” in an extortion and attempted extortion case that prosecutors claimed would have yielded more than $1.5 million in cash and personal property to the Wentworth.

The prosecution’s case was largely built on the numerous text messages found on the mobiles phones of Wentworth and Burns, as well as testimony from a law enforcement agent about the extraction of evidence from Wentworth’s phone, telephone audio recording and bank records.  Burns admitted giving Wentworth money to have sex with him at least four times, he said in testimony, “It was partly a coping mechanism from the loss of my long-term relationship,” Burns said in court when asked why he had paid Wentworth to hook up with him.

Burns met Wentworth in 2013, when he considered investing the in gay porn industry, but two years later Burns told the FBI that he was the victim of a shakedown after Wentworth allegedly threatened to go public about his sexual interests on Twitter.  At that time, Burns had already paid Wentworth $500,000 and gave him an Audi R8 worth $180,000.  This, however, was not enough for Wentworth.  He demanded even more of the MagicJack exec, including a Los Angeles apartment and cash.

Wentworth told Burns in a text message that he could “bring your house down” if he didn’t deliver more.  FBI agents, who acted as Burns’ associates, arranged a meeting with Wentworth in March at an El Segundo, CA, Starbucks to hand over cash and the title to the Audi.  Wentworth was later arrested and placed in handcuffs by FBI agents, who later found a gun and ammunition in a backpack in his car.

Wentworth is currently being housed at the U.S. Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, NY.