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Internet Sex Mogul Arrested in Murder-for-Hire Case

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A 37-year-old Torrance man has been arrested in Phoenix and charged with "contract[ing] out a hit to have a 32-year-old woman killed, as well as a 62-year-old male victim seriously injured," according to XBIZ. The accused is David Elms, who has been called a "as a sex-industry mogul," in the Daily Breeze, and the alleged female target a Long Beach resident who works "as an online adult model and escort." The woman, who is named only as a Jane Doe, "fears for her life because her home address was allegedly published on TheEroticReview.com," one of the adult-oriented sites owned by Elms, after she filed suit against him. The site has been described "as a sort of online order form for prostitutes."

Doe's lawyer is glad that Elms has been arrested, saying the website operator "has victimized and terrorized numerous women in the adult entertainment industry." Elms was arrested in Phoenix because he was allegedly headed there to complete arrangements for Doe's murder. "According to detectives, a tape-recorded phone call was made from an informant to Elms, who agreed to drive to Phoenix and hire subjects to commit a murder and purchase a firearm." Elms should not have left California in the first place; he's "currently on probation [here] for drug possession and is prohibited from leaving the state."