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California movie producer charged with operating prostitution ring: "The party is over"

A California movie producer was arrested Thursday on a New York indictment accusing him of using a movie production company to operate an international prostitution business.

Dillon Jordan, 49, of Arrowhead Lake, California, was arrested in San Bernardino County, California. At an initial court appearance in Riverside, California, Jordan appeared by video and was ordered released on $150,000 bail. A message seeking comment was sent to his attorney, Peter Swarth.

"For years, Dillon Jordan operated an extensive and far-reaching prostitution business through two front companies - a purported party and event planning company and an actual movie production company," U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a release. "Now the party is over and the film is a wrap."

Producer Dillon D. Jordan arrives for the special screening of "Skin" at the Arclight in Hollywood on July 11, 2019. ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images

Jordan is listed among dozens of producers on films including the 2018 film "The Kindergarten Teacher," which featured Maggie Gyllenhaal, and the 2019 movie "The Kid," which starred Ethan Hawke. He was also one of the producers on the 2018 movie "Skin," starring Jamie Bell, according to IMDB.

An indictment said Jordan, from 2010 through May 2017, kept a roster of women who lived across the U.S. and performed sexual acts for Jordan's clients in exchange for money.

It said he coordinated with a United Kingdom-based madam, sharing and referring customers and prostitutes. The madam was not identified by name in court papers.

Sometimes, the indictment said, Jordan arranged transportation for women to engage in prostitution or directed clients to arrange interstate transportation.

He "disguised the nature of the check payments to the women for their prostitution services by describing them as modeling fees, appearance fees, consulting fees, massage therapy fees, and house party fees, among other things," according to the indictment.

To communicate with clients, Jordan used email to discuss the price of prostitution services and to arrange transportation, authorities said.

As part of his bail terms, Jordan was ordered not to communicate with any victims or anyone likely to be a witness in the case.

"They haven't said anyone's name so I don't know who any are," Jordan told Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym.

He was also ordered to surrender his firearms to law enforcement and not to use any drugs or marijuana. His home could also be subject to random searches.

"They're going to randomly search my house?" Jordan asked. Then he said: "I agree."

He said his legal name was Dillon Jordan, but the indictment said he also used aliases including "Daniel Jordan," "Daniel Maurice Hatton," and "Daniel Bohler."

He was charged with conspiracy to violate the Mann Act, enticement, money laundering and use of interstate commerce to promote unlawful activity.

FBI Special Agent-in-Charge George M. Crouch Jr. said anyone victimized by Jordan or with additional information should contact the Newark, New Jersey, FBI office.

"This defendant apparently thought he could hide his alleged criminal dealings behind a supposedly legitimate business," Crouch said.  "But the FBI, in its mission to protect our citizens, uses every tool at its disposal to unmask those who violate federal law and assist the impacted victims."

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