Published October 02, 2009
A judge in Pennsylvania has reportedly thrown out a federal civil suit against a Philadelphia woman who allegedly overbilled the credit card of a blind attorney by $8,600 for what he claims was hired sex.
John F. Peoples, 60, sued Ginger Dayle for damages and Discover for allegedly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act, claiming the credit-card company failed to protect him. U.S. District Judge Edmund Ludwig dismissed Peoples' suit last week.
"This wouldn't have happened to a sighted person," Peoples told the Philadelphia Daily News.
Peoples, who told the newspaper he plans to appeal, has been legally blind since birth and claimed to have met Dayle through a Web-based escort service. He told the newspaper he had sessions with Dayle roughly twice a month for six months in 2007 for up to $375 an hour, typically for two hours.
Dayle, in court documents, denied being a prostitute or that she defrauded Peoples' credit card. She claimed to have provided pilates lessons to Peoples. In a countersuit that was also dismissed, Dayle claimed Peoples touched her inappropriately and filed the lawsuit after she rebuffed his sexual advances.
But on 11 occasions, Dayle charged Peoples up to $1,600, "knowing he was blind and could not see he was being tricked," according to court records.