Thou shalt not blackmail thy spouse with a sex tape. Two couples should have followed that not so golden rule after hooking up at a Texas church. Now they’re all in a mess of trouble that could put some of them behind bars.
The story begins at Grand Lakes Presbyterian Church in Katy, Texas, outside of Houston. There, actress Leslie Hippensteel, 31, and her husband John Ousley, 32, a Christian educator, met Saul Eisenberg, 28, and his then-fiancée, 24. The two young couples hit it off. In fact Ousley got along with Eisenberg’s fiancée so well, he began having an affair with her.
During the course of their affair, the cheating couple made two sex tapes. Hippensteel found the tapes and during divorce proceedings with Ousley, threatened to send them to Houston Christian High School where he worked if he didn’t give her money. Bank records show Ousley paid his ex-wife a payment of $7,812.21.
Not content with merely blackmailing her philandering former spouse, Hippensteel then sent the video files to Eisenberg, who was in the middle of a break-up and custody dispute with his former fiancée, over their 6-year-old child. Eisenberg sent the video to his mother and stepfather, as well as Ousley’s job, from which he was forced to resign. The tapes also ended up on the free porn website, pornhub.com.
Hippensteel was arrested for blackmail earlier this month, and also faces misdemeanor charges of unlawful disclosure of intimate visual material with Eisenberg. Last Thursday, a judge barred Eisenberg from contacting Ousley or his former fiancée. Hippensteel and Eisenberg could serve up to a year in jail if convicted.