Former Sean Cody Performer, Sent Up for Extortion in 2015, Gets Early Release

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Monday December 9, 2019

A former Sean Cody performer, adult star Jarec Wentworth (the stage name of Teofil Brank) has gained early release from prison and is now in a halfway house in California, media outlets report.

According to Str8upGayPorn.com - which, warning, is extremely NSFW - Brank was originally scheduled to be released from prison in April of next year.

As reported at EDGE when Brank was arrested in 2015, the porn star had extorted a conservative businessman and GOP donor named Donald Burns - who was 51 at the time - for half a million in cash and an expensive new car. But then the adult performer and alleged escort when on to reportedly demand more from the man: He wanted a condo and a cool million.

Burns turned to the FBI at that point and then participated in a sting operation that led to Brank's arrest.

EDGE reported at the time on the threatening text messages that Brank sent Burns, in which he outlined his demands:

Check my twitter, the conversation will grown [sic] and questions will be asked. You lied to me and treated me like shit. I asked again and you put it behind you. Now it's biting your ass

And:

I want a new car, motorcycle, and both hands full of cash

And:

I want a condo here in LA. Bachelor pad. You have a taste I like. 2 bed Max. Perfer [sic] one. I want 300,000 cash. You can and will. I want this ASAP like yesterday. So you can be at peace.

Brank was found guilty the following summer. EDGE reported on testimony that the court heard at Brank's trial about the nature of the relationship between the porn star and the Republican businessman, who:

...admitted to paying Wentworth and other porn stars for sex. He said he even paid some of the men $2,000 referral fees for introducing him to other men who would sleep with him. He told the jury he paid for the men because it was "a way to have sexual contact without commitment and I had the resources to do it." He added that his sexual habits were a way to deal with the end of a longterm relationship.

Justin Griggs, one of the men Burns paid, testified and said Burns flew him and other men to his homes in Palm Beach and Nantucket.

"It was really just hanging out, surfing, grilling out, going to dinner, and then we would have sex, group sex," he told the court.

The following autumn, Brank was sentenced to nearly six years in prison and ordered to reimburse Burns half a million dollars. But even while in custody, the porn star was reportedly threatening Burns. As EDGE reported at the time:

Brank, who spent eight months in prison awaiting trial, continued to target Burns while he was locked up. The porn star falsely accused him of having sex with minors, according to prosecutors.

Str8upGayPorn reported that Brank will still be serving time even though he's now out of the joint; he will not be allowed to leave the halfway house until the end of his sentence this coming April.

Brank's upcoming life on the outside seems to include a willing audience, should the porn star choose to return to his former profession. The adult site reported that it had conducted a reader poll recently and found that:

...a majority of respondents would like to see Wentworth returning to gay porn at Sean Cody upon his release. Geographically, he'll be in the right place to do that once he's out in April... so keep your fingers crossed.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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