HOUSTON - A United Airlines pilot has been arrested for allegedly running a string of brothels in office buildings around the Houston area.
Bruce Wayne Wallis, 51, is accused of running about a half-dozen houses of prostitution, using online advertisements to promote his illicit businesses and charging at least 20 women $400 a week to sell sex through his operation.
Wallis is charged with aggravated promotion of prostitution and engaging in organized criminal activity.
A woman named Tracie Tanner is accused of helping him manage the illegal businesses.
The offices used as brothels were located in otherwise legitimate buildings and apartment complexes, authorities said.
They include the Chateaux Dijon apartments where George and Laura Bush lived back in the 70s.
United Airlines officials say that Wallis has been removed from flying duties and that they’re cooperating with authorities investigating the crimes.
Although the airline wouldn’t confirm it, sources say his job as a pilot had nothing to do with his brothel business.
The Texas Department of Public Safety led the months-long investigation with the help of the Houston Police Department’s vice division.
Wallis was released Thursday after posting bond.
His neighbors said they didn't notice anything suspicious until the pilot's arrest.
"He was a good ole Texas boy" said Bob Williams, a neighbor. "As far as I know, he was a real nice guy."
Authorities said they began investigating Wallis eight month ago.
Around that time, Wallis' neighbors noticed a camera installed on a street light. It may not be connected but some residents wonder if it is.
"Now that this happened, I wonder if they had surveillance on this guy for six or eight months." Williams said.