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Relationship Website's Method Raises Eyebrows

Reporter: Garrett Wymer

STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- As the cost of college climbs, more and more students are turning to unconventional ways to help pay for their education.

Seekingarrangement.com calls itself the world's largest sugar daddy dating site.

As the price of attending college rises, it has seen its membership skyrocket.

"Rather than graduate with a financial burden on your back, why not get a sugar daddy and graduate debt free?" said Leroy Velasquez, a spokesman for the website.

It is an idea the over one million college students who are members have taken to heart.

According to Velasquez, the site has 18 members from JMU, 11 from Bridgewater College, and 41 from Mary Baldwin College.

The average college sugar baby receives $3,000 each month, according to the site.

A local accountant said the money would be reported to the IRS on the sugar babies taxes using Form 709, for reporting gifts.

The concept does raise ethical questions; however, Velasquez said it's not prostitution, it's about relationships.

"It's obvious that a lot of these relationships do involve sex, but it's not expected, by any means. If both parties have that attraction for each other and it helps with the added generosity and the fact that they care for each other, then obviously sex will happen," said Velasquez.

When it comes to the number of local students registered on the website, a spokesperson for Mary Baldwin College said they have no comment at this time.

 

Escaped Teen Connected to Crime Spree

Reporter: Jeff Williamson

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- An accused bank robber who escaped from a juvenile detention center is responsible for a recent string of crimes, according to the Harrisonburg Police Department.

Rosel Guillen-Mendez, 16, is wanted in connection to a number of crimes in Virginia and Alabama.

In Harrisonburg, he was charged as an adult in the July 1 holdup at the BB&T branch in Harrisonburg.

Surveillance footage showed a masked man robbing the place and after an investigation, Harrisonburg police arrested Guillen-Mendez for the robbery.

He is charged with felony robbery, felony use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, felony entering a bank to commit larceny and felony wearing a mask in public.

Harrisonburg police wants the public to be aware that Guillen-Mendez is still a danger to the public.

Since his escape from a juvenile facility in Staunton, he has been linked to car theft in the Valley and many more crimes in Alabama.

The last sighting of him was on Saturday outside Gordo, Ala. Anyone with information about Guillen-Mendez should contact police.

  

Tuesday Night's High School Basketball Scores

BOYS BASKETBALL

Fluvanna 63, Waynesboro 50

Luray 61, Stonewall Jackson 44

Rockbridge County 73, Staunton River 70, OT

Spotswood 72, Sherando 71

Strasburg 49, Moorefield, W.Va. 32

Stuarts Draft 104, Riverheads 75

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Luray 50, Stonewall Jackson 24

Stuarts Draft 48, Riverheads 32

Warren County 42, William Monroe 18

Waynesboro 47, Fluvanna 26 Woodstock

Central 64, Madison County 50

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