Suspects in Vandy embezzlement case now face sex charges - WSMV News 4

Suspects in Vandy embezzlement case now face sex charges

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Sex crimes have been added to the list of allegations against two men already accused of stealing $600,000 from Vanderbilt University.

The Channel 4 I-Team first broke this story in which a law school finance administrator allegedly embezzled $600,000 before being caught. We now know more about his alleged method, but a new indictment includes 28 rape charges.

Jason Hunt and Cole Wakefield were hoping to come to court Wednesday to have their bail reduced. The two have been in jail for more than a month now, unable to make the $1 million bond.

But the hearing wasn't going to be about bond. It was to be about new charges. The district attorney unveiled a 60-count indictment.

Hunt is accused of using a Vanderbilt credit card to defraud the university of hundreds of thousand of dollars. In addition, he is now charged with writing forged checks to friends, to the Hard Rock Cafe, to a limousine service and, oddly, to a couple of underage teenagers.

And as investigators went down the list of people who had forged checks, two of the people admitted they had been having sex with both suspects, swapping partners frequently.

It was illegal, because the two who are alleged to have sex with Wakefield and Hunt were underage teenagers.

There were 28 of these alleged statutory rapes occurring over weeks in different locations.

And in another twist to such a strange case, Hunt was the respected director of Nashville Pride - the largest gay organization in Middle Tennessee.

Wakefield was an entrepreneur who opened Nashville's first all-nude male dance club and a partner of Hunt's.

The two even opened a gay bar called Crema in Mexico, which drew celebrity attendees. It was billed as a gay party zone with a rooftop terrace in touristy Puerto Vallarta.

The club is now closed, and the party appears to be over for Hunt and Wakefield.

The bond reduction the two men are seeking will be hampered by the fact they obviously have a history in Mexico and are likely considered a flight risk.

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