Instagram influencer sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting teen
An Instagram influencer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy.
Esra Ersoy, 36, knocked on the door of a house, rented by the family of the teen boy, identified only by his initials SB, in the resort city of Bodrum in the Turkish province of Mugla on August 22, according to local news reports.
Ersoy, who boasts 407,000 followers on social media, told the boy, who was alone in the house at the time, that she had escaped from her boyfriend and that if he did not let her in, he would beat them both.
Fearing what may happen, SB let Ersoy into the house.
After a while, Ersoy reportedly took drugs and told the boy: "Do you know how many men offer money just to be with me? But I don't want any money from you."
She then pulled SB's shorts down and sexually abused the teen, according to prosecutors during the trial.
Shocked by what was happening, SB pushed Ersoy away and said he did not want to go any further. Meanwhile, the doorbell rang and the boy's mum came in as Ersoy left the house.
After SB told his mum what had happened, she went to the police station and filed a complaint against the 36-year-old.
Ersoy admitted that she had entered the house, but rejected the allegation of sexual abuse.
During a final court hearing held at the Bodrum High Criminal Court on March 11, Ersoy was sentenced to 10 years and one month in jail for child abuse and forcing her way into the home.
On March 14, she said on Instagram that she had entered the house to use the boy's charger for her phone.
She said she fell asleep at the house because she had been unable to sleep well for several days, and when she woke up, she noticed that her dress was torn.
She accused the teen of abusing her and claimed that he was afraid of what he had done and therefore told his mum a story.
Her sister Ceyda said the family is very upset with the court's ruling and will immediately file an appeal, which they can do within 15 days.
An arrest warrant was issued after the decision was made. However, it is unclear where Ersoy is currently located, despite her regular updates on social media.
Local reports say she is not yet in custody. If she appeals the decision, the arrest warrant may be suspended until the process is concluded.
Ersoy was born into a wealthy family in the south-eastern Turkish province of Mersin.
After winning first place in various modelling competitions, she and her sister Ceyda tried their luck on television and acted in several films and TV series.
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