The owner of Uncle Dan's Bar-B-Que & Catering and a former McLennan County Sheriff's Office deputy were arrested Wednesday on prostitution charges stemming from videos recovered last year from two massage parlors, authorities said.
The owner of the popular Waco barbecue restaurant Daniel Henderson, 64, was arrested on a Class B misdemeanor charge for patronizing massage parlors and paying for sex acts. An arrest affidavit states Henderson paid $60 for an hour-long massage and then $40 for a sex act that was captured on a video recording in late September.
Stephen Johnson, 44, was arrested after McLennan County Sheriff's Office detectives verified Johnson in late September paid $60 at a local parlor for a massage and then paid an employee $40 for a sex act, an affidavit states. Sheriff Parnell McNamara, who is a second cousin to Johnson, said Johnson resigned from his position as a courthouse deputy in December after authorities discovered secret recordings inside the business.
Henderson and Johnson are the first two men arrested in connection with a human trafficking operation tied to two Waco massage parlors that were raided late last year. At the businesses, located 2625 W. Waco Drive and 2509 Washington Ave., authorities found concealed recording devices hidden in massage rooms that allegedly recorded men paying employees for sex acts.
Chief Sheriff's Deputy David Kilcrease said both Henderson and Johnson were captured on video at one location multiple times. Authorities said each suspect was only charged with one count of prostitution.
According to search warrants, detectives said the business operator, Chun Yang Zhang, 47, of Austin, forced female employees to live at the parlor. She allegedly made the women perform sex acts on clients for a fee, which Zhang profited from, affidavits state.
Zhang was arrested Dec. 8 on a second-degree felony charge of human trafficking. In reviewing evidence collected from the businesses, detectives found hundreds of videos recorded in massage rooms. There were more than 300 videos of men who paid for sex acts at both massage parlors, authorities said.
Johnson and Henderson each posted a $1,000 bond and were released from custody Wednesday afternoon.
Authorities continue to investigate the men who paid for sex. Kilcrease said more arrests will be made later.
"We've identified several men paying for sex and we've been in contact with several attorneys for these men who are aware of the recordings," Kilcrease said. "We will be making additional arrests."
In addition to the prostitution charges, Kilcrease said detectives may also receive arrest warrants charging sexual assault for some of the sex acts captured on video. He said the investigation remains ongoing.
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