July 05, 2004 12:00am
Accused Serial Rapist Was Gay Porn Star
Source: Aspen Daily News
by: Rick Carroll
(BOULDER, CO) -- Accused of raping five women in the Boulder and Lakewood areas, former Aspen real-estate agent and Snowmass snowboard instructor Bradford T. Wagner was employed in the 1990s as a gay porn star in West Hollywood, Calif., the Aspen Daily News has learned.
Wagner's career in gay adult films was confirmed Friday by the executive of the company that produced some of the movies in which Wagner starred. The executive spoke on the condition that his name and company not be used.
In one movie that was shot in 1991, cast credits list the name of Brad Wagner, but subsequent releases of "Billy's Tale, a Modern Day Fable," replaced his name with the moniker, "Tim Barnett." Using the Barnett alias, Wagner appeared in more than 20 films produced in the early 1990s.
Some locals who knew Wagner when he lived in Aspen have described him as a well-mannered and affable resident, and news of his arrest last month sent a shock through the circle of friends he established since moving here a few years ago. Even a week before he was arrested, Wagner called Aspen Chamber Resort Association President Hana Pevny in an effort to secure a pass to last month's Food & Wine Magazine Classic.
And while the reaction to Wagner's arrest stunned those who knew him, his career as a gay porn star has compounded an already sinister saga.
"I just can't believe it, but that's him," said a former acquaintance of Wagner's when viewing gay porn promotional material featuring photographs of Wagner.
The fact that Wagner was a gay-porn star who allegedly became a serial rapist is an almost unheard of scenario, said Jean McAllister, executive director of the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
"Sexual orientation and sex offending are two different things and it's important to keep those separate," she said. "Certainly many sex offenders are involved in and use pornography, but I'm not saying that one is causitive of the other. And remembering that sexual assault is an act of violence, people may be involved in sexual violence against a number of people that may not be related to their sexual orientation."
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