Sinatra’s criminal past exposed as police fingerprints up for auction

Story of Sinatra’s arrest for ‘seduction’ of a married woman ‘of good repute’ as his 1938 police fingerprints go up for auction for $6,000

  • Frank Sinatra was arrested in 1938 for having sex with an unmarried woman
  • The singer was charged with adultery after it later emerged she was married
  • The sheet, which is valued at £4,500, has 10 individual finger prints and is signed

A fascinating artifact from Frank Sinatra’s criminal past is set to go up for auction as an arrest sheet containing his fingerprints goes under the hammer.

The sheet, which contains 10 of the legendary singers prints and is signed by the star, relates to his arrest in New Jersey in 1938.

Sinatra was collared by officers for the crime of ‘seduction’ after he allegedly had sexual intercourse with an unmarried woman ‘of good repute’ having previously promised he would marry her.

Later, it emerged that Sinatra’s lover was in fact married so he was slapped with a charge of ‘adultery’. 

Both charges were eventually dropped and despite rumours of involvement with organised crime in later life he avoided further sanction from the law.

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The sheet contains 10 of the future star’s finger prints as well as being signed by the man himself

Sinatra was known as something of a womanizer throughout his life – pictured here with actress Gloria DeHaven

Frank Sinatra pictured with his wife Ava Gardner who he married in 1951 and divorced in 1957

The sheet, which is valued at £4,500, has prints for ‘Sinatra, Francis Albert’ and is signed in pencil by the future global star.

It reads: ‘On the second and ninth days of November 1938 at the Borough of Lodi, under the promise of marriage, Mr Sinatra did then and there have sexual intercourse with the said complainant, who was then and there a single female of good repute.’

Various personal details are listed including his height of 5ft 8ins, his weight which was a slender 125lb and his blue eyes.

The sheet is stamped ‘dismissed’ so he was cleared of all charges.

Sinatra’s occupation is given as a singer although he was very much in the infancy of his career, with sell-out shows at Madison Square Garden a distant dream.

He was getting paid just $15 a week to be a singing waiter at a bar called ‘The Rustic Cabin’ in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

It has been consigned for sale by a prominent Sinatra collector with US auction house Julien’s Auctions.

Martin Nolan, chief executive of Julien’s Auctions, said: ‘It is fascinating to look at the fingerprints and see his crime listed as ‘seduction’.

‘It appears he had done nothing which we would consider not to be normal for our generation but back then it was clearly a very different time.

‘This sheet of fingerprints have emerged on the market from a major Sinatra collector who has had it for many years.

‘I suspect there will be huge interest in such a unique lot.’  

Sinatra holding a copy of the script for the movie None But the Brave while standing on a beach

Sinatra appearing alongside Grace Kelly (pictured) in the Oscar nominated film High Society in 1956

Pictured in 1955 is Frank Sinatra surrounded by elaborately-dressed women at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas

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