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'Boystown' Show Backer Has Criminal Past

David Schlessinger

First Posted: 05/05/11 01:04 PM ET Updated: 07/05/11 06:12 AM ET

Story by Joseph Erbentraut, courtesy of the Windy City Times

Plans going forward for "Boystown," a proposed reality television series centered on Chicago's well-known queer enclave on Halsted Street, may be in serious jeopardy as it has come to the attention of Windy City Times that the show's producer, David Schlessinger, is a registered sex offender with one charge of predatory criminal sexual assault and two charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault in his past.

According to court records, Schlessinger, 45, pled guilty and was convicted of the charges in September 1998 related to his assaults of three underage boys between June 1995 and January 1997. Thirty-two years old at the time of his conviction, Schlessinger met the boys while cruising Chicago's Uptown neighborhood.

Schlessinger was originally arrested March 1997 after one underage boy said he had been in the man's company. After he was originally taken into custody, Schlessinger was released on a $50,000 bond before he was later sentenced to three years in prison in each case. He reportedly served the sentences concurrently.

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