Sugar Daddy Sites Attract Sexual Blackmailers

"We want to come to some agreed settlement," said Greenwich lawyer Mickey Sherman. "Her husband's accepting responsibility will help Dawn."

But, he told, "The facts are pretty clear. There is a paper and Internet trail to everything."

Blackmail and the Internet

At least two others are accused of trying to blackmail Dent in the last two years, including one New York man -- the husband of a sugar baby - who was arrested in 2007.

Despite Dent's e-mail offers to pay for sex, police elected not to charge him with a crime, saying they did not want to deter other victims from coming forward, according to Dent's lawyer.

"I was surprised that people are so interested in this story," said Stamford, Conn., lawyer Stephen Frederick. "It seems to be about him, rather than the crime that was committed against him."

"He understands he made some terrible mistakes and regrets those mistakes and is paying for those mistakes," Frederick told

Those mistakes include explicit e-mails that were obtained by the Greenwich Times.

"I can only meet during the weekdays around midday," Dent allegedly wrote. "In general I am not available at night or during the weekends. Furthermore, we would need to meet only when my wife is away. Regarding your financial assistance, my initial thoughts are cash compensation in the range of $2,000 to $3,000 per meeting, assuming that we meet about twice a month, plus expenses."

Sugar Daddy as 'Gentleman'

"That sounds like an escort," said Wade. "We don't allow escorts on the site."

"These kinds of messages are not what sugar daddy dating is supposed to be," said Wade. "You don't have to be a millionaire to be a sugar daddy. You need to be a gentleman, generous and treat someone with respect."

Wade acknowledged that the site had fielded calls from two other men who thought they were being blackmailed and notified the FBI, but he downplayed the dangers of this kind of Internet dating.

"You can only do so much to protect your clients and there are always bad apples," he said. "And the thing about the Internet is that everything is traceable and you can get caught."

But law enforcement experts say that sites that promote wealthy sugar daddies are rife with possibilities for blackmailers.

Sugar Daddies Are Vulnerable

"On all these unmonitored Web sites, participants are in effect targeting vulnerable people," said Brad Garrett, former FBI agent and ABC News consultant. "They create a great environment for cons."

"It's like going back to the door-to-door salesmen who tried to find older, widowed women who live alone," he told

"Actually, it's a heck of a lot easier," he said. "Now you don't have to burn up the leather on your shoe. You basically go online and can even protect your own identity."

"The Internet is a dangerous place," acknowledged Dent's lawyer Frederick. "He hopes some good can come out of this. He cooperated with police to ensure that the perpetrators were brought to justice, despite personal risk."

Meanwhile, Dent is undergoing "treatment," according to Frederick. "These types of behaviors are not as unusual as people think."

And, he warned, "People don't understand the Internet is not as anonymous as it seems."

But Dent, whose 1986 New York Times wedding announcement boasted that he was the great-grandson of the business titan Alfred du Pont, may have been ultimately hoisted by his own financial petard.

"He's good-looking guy and very successful.... He was too rich and too bored," one Greenwich resident told

ABC reporter Jessica Golden and information specialist Gerard Middleton contributed to this report.

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