Sordid Details in Backpage Case Bear Uncanny Resemblance to Tony Ortega

Christopher Dupuy

Yesterday we examined the latest Backpage case out of Texas in which victims, unbeknownst to themselves, found their pictures and private information in sex ads on Backpage.

We saw last time how one of the women, Amy, was in disbelief when she was alerted to the advertisement on the Backpage website.

Amy quickly changed her phone number and then contacted the police. When she was asked to identify a possible suspect, the only person who came to mind was the appellant in the case, Christopher Dupuy.

Amy explained that she and Dupuy had known each other for twenty years. They dated when they were in college, but then they went their separate ways. Amy eventually married someone else, and when that marriage began to falter, she reached out to Dupuy, whom she knew to be a lawyer, and asked him to assist in the divorce.

While the divorce was pending, she and Dupuy rekindled their earlier passions and had an affair. They had sex several times, but Amy did not consider the relationship to be much more than a friendship.

Dupuy had other feelings though, and when he learned that Amy had spent a night out with another man, he sent Amy a series of “hateful” text messages and threatened to end their attorney-client relationship. Dupuy ultimately completed his legal representation in the divorce. The advertisement on appeared less than a month after the divorce was finalized.

The business records from did not implicate Dupuy by name, however. Instead, the records reflected that the fake advertisements were created by a person using the laughably fake identity “Don Tequila.”

Interestingly, lawyers for the accused Dupuy attempted to argue at numerous points throughout the trial that their client had his “First Amendment” rights at stake in this case.

All of this got us thinking… Doesn’t this sound like curiously like another shady character we know?

To recap for those keeping track at home, our story involves:

Sex Trafficking

Illicit affairs

Hateful messages

Petty vindictiveness

Ridiculous aliases

Cheap appeal to the First Amendment to get the guilty off the hook

Absolutely stunning how the sordid details above read like a Cliff’s Notes version of Tony Ortega’s life.  This whole bizarre case, from its cheap shots at vindictive character assignation to the lazy attempts at self justification through free-speech — all of this is giving us some major Tony Ortega deja vu!

The rotten apple doesn’t fall far from the diseased tree.

PS: How come Tony Ortega never writes about these stories?

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