New charges for Conn. man charged with seeking girls for 'slave training,' 'sex dungeon'

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November 09, 2019 - 5:07 pm
Simon Hessler

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MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) -- The owner of a Connecticut hotel and management agency charged with seeking underage girls for "slave training'' in his "sex dungeon'' is facing more charges.

State police say 47-year-old Simon Hessler has been charged with new sexual assault and risk of injury charges on top of his previous charges that include human trafficking and promotion of child pornography.

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 has been in jail since his November 2018 arrest when he allegedly attempted to pay for a juvenile.

The "dungeon'' was found at the Vernon business.

Hessler's lawyers didn't respond to an email seeking comment Saturday.