Marc Collins-Rector

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Marc J. Collins-Rector
Marc Collins-Rector.jpg
Marc Collins-Rector's mug shot, taken in 2007
Born Mark Rector
(1959-10-16) October 16, 1959 (age 58)
Residence Antwerp, Belgium, Dominican Republic
Other names Mark Collins
Morgan Von Phoenix
Occupation Businessman
Known for Founder, Digital Entertainment Network

Marc John Collins-Rector (born October 16, 1959) is an American businessman and a convicted sex offender, known for founding Digital Entertainment Network, an online streaming video broadcaster and notable dot-com failure, as well as his associations with Hollywood and media figures. His child sexual abuse conviction is highlighted in the 2014 documentary An Open Secret.

Early life[edit]

Born Mark John Rector, he changed his name to Marc Collins-Rector in 1998.[1]

In the early 1980s Rector founded Telequest, a Florida-based telecommunications company. In 1984, he founded World TravelNet, a company which electronically coordinated cruises and tours; its affiliate, World ComNet, was floated on the Vancouver Stock Exchange in 1987. Its valuation briefly peaked at $100 million before increasing competition led to bankruptcy.[1] Rector later founded an early ISP; Concentric Network,[2] in 1991[3] along with partner Chad Shackley.[4]

DEN founding[edit]

Rector and Shackley sold Concentric in 1995 and, using money raised from the sale, as well as close to $100m of investor and venture capital, formed an early Internet video media content delivery company, Digital Entertainment Network. Collins-Rector was the co-founder and chairman of DEN, which exhausted its funding following a failed IPO bid and collapsed amidst allegations of Collins-Rector having sexually abused children, coercing them with drugs and guns.[5]

Child enticement conviction[edit]

Running DEN out of a Los Angeles mansion, Collins-Rector and his business partners - Chad Shackley (who was also Rector's romantic partner) and Brock Pierce - hosted lavish parties, attended by Hollywood’s gay A-list.[6] It was at those parties where Collins-Rector, and others allegedly sexually assaulted teenage boys.[7]

In August 2000 a New Jersey federal grand jury indicted Collins-Rector on criminal charges that he had transported minors across state lines for the purpose of having sex with them.[8] After his indictment Collins-Rector fled to Spain together with Shackley and Pierce. Interpol arrested them in May 2002 in a villa in the south Spanish beach city of Marbella. Guns, machetes and child pornography were found in the house.[7]

Collins-Rector fought extradition proceedings for two years before returning to the United States, where he pleaded guilty to eight charges of child enticement and registered as a sex offender.[9] He admitted luring five minors across state lines for sexual purposes.[10] He received credit for time that he had served in a Spanish jail and was registered as a sex offender under a weekly supervision.[10]

In 2006, a U.S. District Court granted Collins-Rector special permission to go to the United Kingdom to receive treatment for a brain tumor.[11] He subsequently renounced his US citizenship and has never returned to the United States.[12] In 2007, he was photographed in London, and in 2008 was living in the Dominican Republic.[13] As of 2014, he lives in a "European port city" and uses the names "Mark Collins" and "Morgan Von Phoenix".[6]

Later career[edit]

News reports have stated that Collins-Rector was a silent partner in the MMORPG service company IGE, which was founded by ex-DEN VP Brock Pierce - who is now chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation.[5][14] IGE initially used an address in the city of Marbella, Spain, where Collins-Rector, Shackley and Pierce shared a villa until it was raided by Interpol in 2002.[15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Menn, Joseph; Miller, Gregg (2000-05-07). "How a Visionary Venture on the Web Unraveled". Los Angeles Times. 
  2. ^ "Concentric Network Corp, SEC filings". SEC Info. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  3. ^ Grover, Ronald; Siklos, Richard (1999-11-14). "Digital Entertainment Network: Startup or Non-Starter?". BusinessWeek. Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  4. ^ Dibbell, Julian (2008-11-24). "The Decline and Fall of an Ultra-Rich Online Gaming Empire". Wired. Archived from the original on 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  5. ^ a b Gorenfeld, John; Runkle, Patrick (2007-11-05). "Fast Company". Radar Online. American Media. Archived from the original on 2008-01-17. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  6. ^ a b "Found: The Elusive Man At The Heart Of The Hollywood Sex Abuse Scandal". Buzzfeed. 2014-06-26. 
  7. ^ a b Abramovitch, Seth. "Elijah Wood Denies Personal Knowledge of Child Sex Abuse in Hollywood (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 October 2017. 
  8. ^ "Mystery Man At Center Of Alleged Hollywood Sex Ring Has Vanished". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2016-01-20. 
  9. ^ Edwards, Jim (April 18, 2014). "Singer Lawsuit Is Tied To Marc Collins-Rector, Infamous Child Abuser Of The Dot-Com Boom". Business Insider. Retrieved 10 October 2017. 
  10. ^ a b "Ex-DEN executive admits transporting minors for sex". USA Today. Gannett Company. Associated Press. 2004-06-14. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  11. ^ "From The Magazine : Radar Online". 2008-04-18. Archived from the original on April 18, 2008. Retrieved 2016-01-20. 
  12. ^ An Open Secret, 2014; Amy Berg.
  13. ^ Masters, Kim (April 30, 2014). "Bryan Singer Sex Abuse Case: The Troubling History Behind the Accusations". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 October 2017. 
  14. ^ "bitcoinfoundation.org - Board Election Results Announcemen". bitcoinfoundation.org. 2014-05-09. 
  15. ^ Farrell, Nick (2002-10-10). "Dotcom founders still in Spanish jail". VNU Business Press. Archived from the original on 2005-12-17. Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  16. ^ Lynch, Stephen (2003-11-11). "A DEN OF INIQUITY ; AFTER 3-YEAR EXILE, WEB EXEC FACES PERV CHARGES". New York Post. News Corporation. Retrieved 2014-04-24.