PROVIDENCE, R.I. — An insurance executive was acquitted today of charges he persuaded two Brown University students to become prostitutes by offering them money and hopes of modeling careers.
A Superior Court jury deliberated about eight hours over two days before finding Stanley E. Henshaw III, 45, guilty of possessing cocaine and marijuana. Defense attorney John F. Sheehan did not contest the two drug charges.
But the jurors acquitted Henshaw of seven felony counts stemming from the alleged sex-for-hire ring, which prosecutors said he organized and operated for himself and his business associates.
In closing arguments on Wednesday, Sheehan argued that the two young women had sex for money with Henshaw and his business associates as a lark.