Phony modeling agent gets house arrest
BRIDGEPORT - A Rocky Hill man, convicted of extorting money and sex from female Sacred Heart University students through a phony modeling scheme, has been placed on house arrest for allegedly violating his conditions of probation.
Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin on Thursday said he would not go along with a prosecutor’s recommendation that Anand Amin be jailed pending his probation violation hearing but did order Amin to be under house arrest, only able to leave to go to work at a Middletown pizza restaurant.
Senior Assistant State’s Attorney David Applegate told the judge that Amin has continued to violate the conditions of his probation of staying off the Internet.
“His probation officer made it clear to him that he cannot go on the computer or any other device with Internet access, but he continues to do it,” Applegate said.
The prosecutor continued that Amin is currently under investigation in the Middletown area for allegations similar to those he was convicted of here.
“I don’t disagree with anything he (Applegate) just said, he is right,” Amin told the judge. “But I didn’t know what I was allowed and what I wasn’t allowed to do.”
Amin, of Catherine Street in Rocky Hill, pleaded guilty in December 2014, to first-degree larceny by extortion and was sentenced to five years, suspended after he served 731 days and followed by five years’ probation.
Fairfield police said Amin, a former student at Sacred Heart, claimed to be a talent agent for the Gucci Modeling Agency and convinced more than two dozen female college students to pose for him either nude or seminude.
He later threatened the women he would post photos he had taken of them on the Internet unless they paid him $800 and had sex with him, police said.