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Affidavit lays out details in Bryan Kocis slaying

WWW- At first, Sean Lockhart didn’t get it.

Here he was, at the luxurious Le Cirque restaurant in Las Vegas, sitting with three fellow gay-porn stars, one of whom would eventually tell State Police about the meeting.

They were on the verge of a deal – a big deal. If it worked, it might make them rich. Might even make them $1 million. Or so they imagined.

But there was a catch: Lockhart was caught in a messy contract dispute with a porn producer in Pennsylvania named Bryan Kocis.

Across the table, fellow porn star Harlow Cuadra offered a solution. “What if Bryan left the country?” Cuadra said. “What if he went to Canada?”

Lockhart was drunk and didn’t get the hint. “Then he’d only come back,” Lockhart replied.

Another porn star at the table – Cuadra’s romantic partner and business partner, Joseph Kerekes – hinted again. “Harlow knows someone who would do anything for him,” Kerekes said.

Suddenly, Lockhart got it: Cuadra was offering to kill Kocis.

A few days later, Kocis was dead. His throat was slashed, his body stabbed 28 times and his house set afire to conceal the slaying.

Details of the meeting at Le Cirque, including the dialogue between the participants as well as Lockhart’s thoughts, are contained in a 21-page police affidavit released Tuesday – the same day police arrested Cuadra and Kerekes and charged them in Kocis’ slaying.

One of the men at the Las Vegas dinner with Cuadra and Kerekes informed police about that meeting after the slaying.

Cuadra, 25, and Kerekes, 33, shared a new $571,000 house at 1028 Stratem Court, off Birdneck Road in Virginia Beach.

Together, they run a business called Norfolk Male Escorts, and they produce porn movies, which they sell on several Web sites.

In the movies, Kerekes goes by the stage name Trent and portrays a tough Marine. Cuadra is the baby-faced “twink” – slang for a young-looking male model with little or no body hair, suggesting an underage boy.

Cuadra and Kerekes were still only bit players in the gay-porn world. Police think they killed Kocis in a misguided effort to strike it big.

Doug Lawrence, editor of GAYVN, a magazine that covers gay-video news, said he has never heard of the pair. But that’s not unusual, he said, as the industry becomes more decentralized, moving away from its base in San Francisco, with smaller Web sites – such as Cuadra’s and Kerekes’ – trying to compete.

“Anyone can have a Web site and be a producer,” Lawrence said.

Cuadra and Kerekes imagined themselves as major players in the twink market. Their most ambitious project was one that would pair two of the hottest twinks on the Internet: Cuadra and a young man from California who went by the stage name Brent Corrigan.

That was Sean Lockhart, who was already under contract to Bryan Kocis, a porn producer who lived in Dallas, Pa., just outside Wilkes-Barre.

Kocis was “a pariah” in the mainstream gay porn business, Lawrence said, because his videos often featured unsafe “bareback” sex – without condoms – and models who were as young as legally permissible, and sometimes even younger than that.

“He was not a big player,” Lawrence said.

Still, when Kocis’ house went up in flames on Jan. 24 and his body was found inside, the news spread quickly in the gay porn world. Dozens of bloggers on Internet porn sites offered wild conspiracy theories. Kocis’ life became the subject of a long Wikipedia entry.

His death generated a huge police investigation that crossed into several states and drew in three federal agencies.

Eventually, it led police to raid the house off Birdneck Road.

The police affidavit from Pennsylvania describes in detail virtually every e-mail, phone call and action of how the events unfolded, day by day, starting with the fateful dinner at Le Cirque and ending with Cuadra and Lockhart frolicking on a nude San Diego beach.

Photos of that scene are posted on Cuadra’s personal Web site. They show Cuadra with his new friend, porn star Lockhart.

Cuadra’s blog, accompanying the photos, describes the day and the beach scene.

“It was a culture shock,” wrote Cuadra, a former Navy corpsman at Oceana Naval Air Station. “Not even in the Navy had I ever been in front of that many people naked… Lots of laughs were had tossing the ole football around and frolicking around in the nude. My favorite part was how Brent melted in my arms cuddling on a beach blanket.”

The blog and photos make one thing clear: Cuadra was totally unaware that police were taping his every word. Police would not reveal how they did it.

The police affidavit lays out what happened:

The same four men who dined together in Las Vegas were on the beach: Cuadra, Kerekes, Lockhart and Lockhart’s partner, Grant Roy.

At some point during their conversations, Cuadra admitted he was present when Kocis was slain.

He talked about how he had done “some recon work” at Kocis’ house, describing how the victim’s door did not have a peephole, and how it had some square windows at the top but Kocis was not tall enough to see through them.

Police say Cuadra set up a meeting with Kocis using an alias and corresponding by e-mail, posing as a young man who wanted to model for Kocis and make movies. Police tracked the trail of e-mails and phone calls after the fact.

In the San Diego beach conversation, according to the affidavit, Cuadra described himself inside Kocis house, sharing wine with Kocis. Kerekes said he thought Cuadra slipped something into Kocis’ drink, after which Kocis was “kind of stumbling” around.

And Cuadra talked about the killing itself. “It was quick,” he said. “He never saw it coming.”

Cuadra talked about watching Kocis die. “Actually, it’s sick, but it made me feel better inside,” Cuadra said. “It almost felt like I got revenge.”

The affidavit lays out a complex web of circumstantial evidence leading to police taping the beach conversation.

Cuadra and Kocis had never met. But they did exchange e-mails and phone calls, setting up a face-to-face meeting at Kocis’ house for the night he was killed.

On Jan. 20 – four days before the slaying – the police affidavit says Cuadra used his Discover card to charge $39.95 to conduct an Internet background check of Kocis.

On Jan. 22 – two days before the killing – the affidavit describes how Cuadra set up an alias e-mail account at and used it exclusively to communicate with the victim. Later that same day, the affidavit shows, Cuadra used the e-mail account to set up the meeting with Kocis for Jan. 24.

On Jan. 23 – the day before the slaying – the affidavit says Cuadra used his Discover card and his driver’s license to rent a Nissan Xterra sport utility vehicle in Virginia Beach. The SUV was gray or silver with three brake lights – matching a witness’ description of a vehicle seen leaving Kocis’ house the night of the murder.

That same day, the affidavit says, Kerekes checked into the Fox Ridge Inn in Pennsylvania, not far from Kocis’ house, using his driver’s license, paying cash in advance for two days for two people.

It appears from the affidavit that both Cuadra and Kerekes visited the victim’s house the night of the killing. Both are quoted from the San Diego beach conversation, describing the inside of Kocis’ house, including his expensive home entertainment system and an upstairs bedroom.

On Jan. 25 – the day after – Cuadra returned the SUV, having driven it 1,052 miles. A round-trip from Virginia Beach to Dallas, Pa., is 770 miles.

That same morning, according to the affidavit, Cuadra called Lockhart to break the news. He told Lockhart to check out a local TV news Web site. That’s when Lockhart discovered that Kocis was dead.

“I guess my guy went overboard,” Cuadra said, according to the affidavit.

Lockhart became upset and drove home immediately.

Cuadra and Kerekes were arrested Tuesday – two weeks after the San Diego beach meeting. They are being held in the Virginia Beach jail, with no bond, awaiting a June 14 extradition hearing.


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