A Florida accountant has been accused of confining three women in his home as sex slaves, prostituting them and posting a video of himself raping at least one of the victims.
Gainesville resident Timothy Deegan, 53, was charged with three counts of human trafficking June 6th, the Gainesville Sun reported last week and could face additional charges.
Deegan owns a tax business and a sizable home sporting a fountain and statues of lions near a large driveway.
But inside the house, investigators said they found traps, running cameras and weapons, which Deegan allegedly used to subjugate the three women.
In a complaint filed by the Gainesville-Alachua County Drug Force and obtained by the Gainesville Sun, authorities said Deegan met the women on an escort website last December. He soon began to prostitute the women to other clients, providing transportation and collecting money they earned while keeping them high on cocaine.
Authorities said Deegan quickly took control of his victims’ lives by monitoring their trysts with johns via GPS on their cell phones, threatening them, hiding cameras in his home to watch them and recording sex acts without their knowledge.
One alleged victim contacted police in December after she said she found a recording of Deegan raping her while she was unconscious on sleeping medication. Deegan was arrested on a sexual battery charge in the incident, according to CBS News
After being released on a $250,000 bond, officials arrested Deegan again in April for allegedly buying and selling crack cocaine, according to My Fox Orlando.
When officers arrested Deegan at his home, they found traps in his residence. The knobs had also been taken off the doors, and syringes and homemade sex tapes were found.
Two other women came forward, claiming that Deegan kept the women constantly medicated on drugs before forcing them to have sex with him or other men. He would then stream videos of the sex acts online, according to the complaint.
The women also said that Deegan showed them letters from other women he had allegedly drugged and sexually battered. When his victims weren’t working for him, they were kept locked inside the home where they were under constant surveillance and threatened with guns, records state.
Neighbors who heard of the arrest expressed fear at the man living next door to them. One neighbor who anonymously spoke to The Gainesville Sun said he had had suspicions.
“About three weeks ago, a car followed my daughter as she walked through the neighborhood, then the car pulled over to his house. When I heard human trafficking, he could have been looking for my daughter,” the man said. “One night a truck drove up and dropped this girl off in the driveway. She was in a fetal position, moaning. Girls were screaming over there. Some of them would be outside on the phone, and they would be cursing.”
Records show Deegan was charged with cocaine possession and narcotics equipment possession in 2008.
Deegan is now being held on a $300,000 bond. His next court appearance is June 24.
Source: Huffington Post