DENVER (CBS4)– A convicted thief is once again accused of the same thing that has gotten him arrested in the past. Don Tuttle allegedly tells women he’s looking for nude models and then doesn’t pay up.
CBS 4 On Your Side Investigator Brian Maass first met Tuttle four years ago when he confronted him after several women said he conned them as part of a nude modeling scam in the Denver metro area.
Tuttle would allegedly tell women he was an artist who would pay them to model nude so he could paint them. The women said he never paid them for their work.
Tuttle was convicted of theft and jailed.
After he was released Tuttle relocated to Las Vegas where women said he was posting ads for nude models and again coaxing them into baring all for a fee, which he historically did not pay.
Police in Las Vegas arrested Tuttle but he’s out on the streets again.
Amber Stevens, a 31-year-old single mother, said she and a friend recently responded to an ad on Craigslist from someone offering $50 an hour for female models for nude body painting.
Stevens, from Denver, said the artist was Don Tuttle who claimed the art would be part of a charity project.
“We took off our robes and we sat while he sketched us,” said Stevens.
She said after hours of nude modeling, Tuttle never paid for their time. Days later, the women found the previous CBS4 Investigators’ stories about Tuttle.
“Just a bad person who is only out for his own interests which I think is just to see women naked,” said Stevens.
Tuttle now lists a homeless shelter in Denver as his address.
He responded to CBS4’s requests for a comment by email, stating the new accusations are a “civil matter” and said if CBS4 continued with the story to warn women about him, “I am going to sue you.”
Tuttle refused to appear on camera to share his side of the story.