Hotel Owner Allegedly Tried To Buy Preteen Girl For ‘Limitless Sex’ In Private 'Dungeon'

Simon Hessler thought he was arranging to buy a 10- to 12-year-old girl for $500, but was communicating with an undercover officer instead, according to Connecticut authorities. 

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Human Trafficking and Sex Ring Busts

About 80% of human trafficking victims are used for sexual exploitation. The U.S. State Department estimates there are 14,500-17,500 victims in the United States each year.

A Connecticut hotel owner was busted for allegedly trying to buy a preteen girl to serve as a sex slave in his own private "dungeon."

Simon Hessler, 46, allegedly tried to buy a girl between the ages of 10 and 12 from an undercover officer who was posing as a sex trafficker. In exchange for $500, Hessler would get 48 hours of "limitless sex (but no bruises)," according to the Hartford Courant.

During his email conversations with the undercover state trooper, Hessler allegedly wrote that he had a dungeon for slave training, and he sent photos of “an elaborate sado-masochism room with multiple beds with whips and chains and handcuffs on the wall,” police said.

The hotel owner allegedly believed the child would be a handcuffed, blindfolded foster child, according to WTIC in Hartford. Police believe he wanted to abuse her in a trailer behind the Baymont Inn and Suites in Manchester and at New England Hospitality Management Inc. in Vernon, two hotels that he owns. Police said they found a "dungeon" at the Vernon business, according to WTIC.

Hessler, who allegedly communicated with the undercover officer using the email address, has been charged with human trafficking, attempted sex assault and other related charges. He was at first held on $250,000 bail but that was later upgraded to $1 million.

His next court appearance is on Dec. 12. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf at this time.

[Photo: Connecticut State Police]

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