Sex Offender Behind Boystown Reality Show

Bars pull out of proposed series after producer's record revealed

By Marcus Riley
|  Thursday, May 5, 2011  |  Updated 2:35 PM CDT
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The producer of a proposed Chicago reality show called "Boystown" is a registered sex offender.

The Windy City Times reports that 45-year-old David Schlessinger -- who held casting calls for the show last month at bars in the North Halsted Street area -- pleaded guilty and was convicted of predatory criminal sexual assault and two charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault.

The incidents occurred in the mid-1990s, and involved underaged boys Schlessinger met in Uptown.

Schlessinger spent three years in prison for the crimes, the newspaper reported.

The 45-year-old felon has produced a number of concerts in the city under a company called ChiTown Entertainment.

The proposed reality show sought 21-25 year-old contestants who are into the club scene.

Two of the bars that held casting calls, Scarlet and Minibar, told Windy City Times that they would not be participating in the series after learning of Schlessinger's criminal record.

An email Schlessinger through Chitown Entertainment requesting comment was not immediately returned.

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