Baldwin City man sought weekly tryst with sex worker at $500 a visit, court documents allege

photo by: Douglas County Sheriff's Office

James Ryan Reynolds, pictured September 2019

A Baldwin City man was willing to pay $2,000 per month for weekly meetings with a woman he believed to be a sex worker, according to allegations filed against him in court.

James Ryan Reynolds, 43, was arrested at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 11 and charged Sept. 25 with promoting the sale of sexual relations, the Journal-World has reported.

On his former Freestate Realty LLC bio page, which has disappeared in the time since he was charged, Reynolds described himself as “a people person and a family person that happens to be a REALTOR®.” He is no longer listed as an agent for the Baldwin City-based company.

The Journal-World requested and recently received the affidavit supporting Reynolds’ arrest. Allegations in affidavits have not been proved in court, and defendants in criminal cases should be presumed not guilty unless and until they are convicted.

According to the affidavit, Reynolds had requested to meet with a woman to discuss possible sexual relations for money. They met around noon Wednesday, Sept. 11, at an address in the 2300 block of West 31st Street.

The woman was an undercover officer working with the Douglas County Drug Enforcement Unit.

According to the affidavit, during a roughly 20-minute conversation, Reynolds reportedly told the officer he was looking for “some fun, a hot body to play with” and great oral sex — about once a week, depending on their schedules.

Reynolds also “stated he wanted to put his hands on my body and feel on me,” the officer wrote, and that he “wanted to make a girl happy.” Rarely, if ever, would he want to have sex, though.

She wrote that she asked him the most he was willing to pay; Reynolds said he hated making prices, but “if I was really good” it would be $500 per week. She told him that he had said via text prior to the meeting that he’d pay $2,000; he reportedly confirmed and said $2,000 per month.

He “wanted a few sexy photographs sent to him to keep him entertained,” the affidavit says.

“Reynolds also stated he wanted ‘an occasional slutty voicemail which helps add to the experience,'” the affidavit continues. “Reynolds also stated, ‘I’m not into anything weird or have any weird fetishes.'”

The undercover officer reportedly signaled to her colleagues that probable cause existed for his arrest. When Reynolds left and got into a white Chevrolet passenger car, uniformed officers stopped and arrested him.

Reynolds has hired Olathe attorney Carl Cornwell to represent him. Cornwell did not immediately respond to the Journal-World’s email seeking further comment from him or his client, but he declined comment for a previous article.

Reynolds is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Nov. 12 in Douglas County District Court.

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