MANCHESTER & VERNON, Conn. (WTNH) – A 46-year-old man remains behind bars as details emerge about a secret business of “slave training” and sex trafficking young girls.
Simon Hessler was arrested on Nov. 13.
A worker at the Baymont Inn & Suites, which Hessler owns in Manchester, said no one on staff knew of the “sex dungeon” he told an undercover officer he had at a rented house in Vernon.
Court papers show Hessler thought he was buying a young girl when he sent a picture online to the officer showing a room which had “no apparent windows, multiple large beds, wooden carpentry type saw horses, heavy metal cage with a padlock.”
He also sent a picture of “a young girl around the age of 10-13 and she’s dressed provocatively and laying on a tile floor.”
“My heart goes out to those innocent children through these years, and I really hope that they get the help that they need,” said Lisa Pressamarita of South Windsor.
This news hits very close to home for Pressamarita. She had two childhood friends who went missing forty years ago.
“Sick beyond sick. I feel like I don’t even have words,” Pressamarita said. “That’s how disgusted I am about what happened here.”
According to the court papers, an RV in the motel parking lot was used by Hessler as a “holding cell” where, after being dropped off, the victims would be blindfolded, gagged, and handcuffed until he arrived.
While talking with the undercover officer online, Hessler said he “would not leave visible bruises but would ‘train’ her as a ‘slave.'” The rest of what he said is too graphic to report. He also mentioned using DCF/Foster kids or poor girls from Mexico as slaves. He thought the girl he was buying was a sixth grader in foster care.
“I am very happy that they got him, but I also have a feeling he isn’t alone in this,” Pressamarita said.
No one at Ellington Volunteer Ambulance was available to speak about Hessler’s status as an EMT. No one answered at his Ellington home.
When contacted by police, his wife asked if he “had done something with young girls.”
“They’re usually looking for some sort of sadistic act,” explained Erin Williamson with Love146. “They’re looking for an abnormal sexual act.”
Love146 works with survivors of sex trafficking and calls this case horrific.