My Son, our freedom
On the morning of August 25th I found out my son, Jeffrey, was locked up in prison. I jumped into my car and went to Brooklyn to see if I could help him out. One thing I know is that my son is NOT a criminal. Jeff is a hard-working small businessman who built several successful companies. He employed good people who were then able to support their families. He paid taxes, gave to charitable organizations, and he gave back to his community.
While I'm not personally gay, I've always loved and accepted my son. Over the past 20 years I've come to understand that Rentboy was a place for people to post classified ads, no different from those that appeared in The Village Voice, NY Magazine, and other publications that ran similar ads in 1997. I assumed that our right to free speech protected those ads.
I came to believe that Jeffrey ran a business that helps people to live better and offers better safety to vulnerable people who need it.
Imagine if you'd ran a business for 19 years, that you believed was legal, and ran it transparently. One morning at 6AM, The Department of Homeland Security appears at your door with no warning and leads you out in handcuffs while they search your home, confiscating money, cell phones, computers, tablets and the personal documents kept at home. Simultaneously, other agents are entering your office, removing all the office computers and paper records used to conduct the routine functions necessary for running the business. I’m a law-abiding citizen, and I believe my son is too. This happened to Jeffrey. It can happen to any one of us.
I know that Jeffrey wants to express his feelings about the case, but he has been advised not to make any public statements. He needs your help. Homeland Security and the NYPD have seized his assets leaving him unable to even pay his attorneys. Defending this case is a very costly matter, and the stakes cannot be higher for Jeffrey and the other defendants. Public sentiment is almost overwhelmingly against this prosecution, but that won't make it go away. I don't want to believe that I live in a country where one can lose everything before guilt is proven.
I don’t want to see us lose this case nor Jeffrey rotting in prison. Please consider making a donation to help him.