Federal prosecutors in the case against former St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Walter Reed want to use records from an online dating site as evidence in his public corruption trial scheduled to begin next month.
The documents in question are connected to a user account named Mark2200 on Sugardaddie.com, according to a motion filed in federal court. The site purports to connect wealthy men with younger women.
The New Orleans Advocate obtained printed copies of messages sent by the account; in some of them, the user identifies himself as Reed.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office asked U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon to allow use of the information from the website in a motion filed in federal court last week.
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The filing noted that Reed’s camp has indicated it will not confirm the authenticity of the records, which were obtained by prosecutors through a federal search warrant. Prosecutors are asking the judge to rule on their admissibility as business records.
Neither Rick Simmons, an attorney for Reed, nor Assistant U.S. Attorney Jordan Ginsberg would comment on the case. Simmons said he cannot comment on matters under seal.
The motion was publicly available when it was filed Friday, but shortly after a reporter questioned lawyers about it in court Tuesday morning, Fallon sealed it.
A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Tuesday.
Sugardaddie.com describes itself on its website as a service for “slightly older gentlemen of wealth, willing to enter into a mutually beneficial relationship with younger attractive ladies for the purpose of showing them a more affluent lifestyle.”
Read more of this story at The New Orleans Advocate's website.