Teen Convicted for Robbing an 84-Year-Old Man She Met Online

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Shania Foster, 18, was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday for robbing an 84-year-old man who she met on an online dating service.

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Shania reportedly met the man, Paul Aronson, through SeekingArrangement.com, a dating site “where beautiful, successful people fuel mutually beneficial relationships.” The burglary occurred after Shania went on a second date with Aronson in October, along with her twin sister Shalaine.

The twins confessed to tying Aronson up after the date and stealing money and credit cards from his home.

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According to The New York Times:

Citing the seriousness of the crime, Justice Michael Obus of State Supreme Court in Manhattan said he would not grant Ms. Foster youthful offender status, which would have made her eligible for a lesser sentence.

Mr. Aronson lay helpless on his living room floor, bound with zip ties, unable to eat or drink, from 8:15 p.m. on Oct. 1 until the next morning, when a neighbor discovered him.

“This is a case in which far worse results could have happened if the victim had not been rescued,” Justice Obus said.

Both Shania and Shalaine plead guilty to robbery, but prosecutors gave Shalaine the youthful offender status because of her lesser role in the crime.


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Shania reportedly met the man, Paul Aronson, through SeekingArrangement.com, a dating site “where beautiful, successful people fuel mutually beneficial relationships.”

This has me a bit...how do i put it....

Nowhere in the story does it say he was trying to have sex with these girls. But i can’t help but wonder what the purpose of the liason was. According to the NYT article...

The twins came from a troubled family and had lived for some time in separate foster homes, their lawyers said. They were 17 when they were arrested last October.

Mr. Aronson contacted Shaina Foster on SeekingArrangement.com, which advertises itself as a service connecting well-to-do men with young women, an online forum “where beautiful, successful people fuel mutually beneficial relationships.”

On their second date, Ms. Foster brought her sister along. The three dined at an expensive restaurant in Midtown, and Mr. Aronson invited the teenagers to have a drink with him at his townhouse on East 38th Street.

So we’ve got an old dude using a website to hook up with underage girls and bringing them home to his apartment. Now i’m not saying he deserved to be tied up and robbed. But I am wondering what exactly his end game was. And I suspect I know and it makes me...oh how do i say it....

I love that the Internet has given us the ability to convey our thoughts in 5 second video clips.