Massage parlor camera recorded attack, ex-teacher arrested

Jarred James. (Jail photo)
Jarred James. (Jail photo)(KWTX)
Published: Apr. 10, 2018 at 11:09 AM CDT
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Former Rosebud-Lott Middle School teacher Jarred James, 32, who was snared in a prostitution sting in January, was back in custody Tuesday, charged in connection with an attack on a Waco massage parlor employee that was caught on camera.

James was in the McLennan County Jail Tuesday morning charged with trafficking of persons, a second-degree felony.

He was released later in the day after posting a $10,000 bond.

James is one of dozens of men who appear on video seized from two Waco massage parlors that McLennan County deputies raided in December.

Last week authorities released photos of three men who were caught on the surveillance system, one of whom was James.

The rest of the men arrested so far have been charged with misdemeanor prostitution, but James faces a felony charge in connection with the attack on a masseuse, according to an arrest complaint.

“While the male was laying on the bed, he is seen pulling the woman's pants down, and her shirt up. It appears as though he was biting her breasts, as she appears to be in pain while this is happening,” the complaint says.

"During the video the male is touching the (woman’s genital area),” the complaint says.

The woman backs away, and then “the male gets up and picks up the female as she is attempting to get away. Then he throws her face down on the bed and is behind her, but she is able to break away and move around the room,” the complaint says.

The complaint says the investigator contacted the school where he was employed and he was not present on the day of incident.

James, who’s no longer employed by the Rosebud-Lott School District, was arrested on Jan. 20 in a prostitution sting.

Authorities raided the massage parlors on Dec. 4, 2017 at 2625 West Waco Dr. and 2509 Washington Ave. and after the raids discovered the parlors were equipped with cameras that captured video of employees performing sex acts on customers.

The owner, Chun Yang Zhang, 47, of Austin, was charged with engaging in organized criminal activity as a result of the raids.

Zhang was released from the McLennan County Jail on Dec. 9 after posting a $30,000 bond, according to jail officials.

Investigators said at least three women were working for Zhang and paid her to live at the businesses, in addition to giving her most of their earnings.

The women were handed over to UnBound, a local group that helps human trafficking victims.

All were immigrants and didn't speak English, but investigators were able to question them through a Mandarin interpreter.

Eleven other area men have been named in misdemeanor prostitution complaints stemming from the videos including Charles Shifflett, 35, of Eddy; Matthew Panter, 57; Morris Sappington, 63; Elliott Stallings, 44; John Bull, 63; Kyle Crow, 53; Daniel Henderson, 64; Stephen Johnson, 44, a former sheriff’s deputy; Edward Espinosa, a former community outreach pastor; Timothy Comer, 67, a Christian publisher, and Kevin Chirafis, 39.