“Area schools begin ’04 year next week,” one headline announced; “28th Annual Hay Show samples to be collected,” declared another.A photograph showed locals eating hot dogs at the Humble Baptist Church. we’ll try and forget they’ve infiltrated our town with their set of moral standards.” Swingers clubs are legal in Texas as long as no one is soliciting or paying for sex, and until Edwards’s column, the Retreat had been something of an open secret.According to the allegations, there were half a dozen adults involved in the sordid operation, including Shauntel Mayo, Sheryl and Harlan’s birth mother; Jamie Pittman, her boyfriend; and Sheila Sones, the kids’ maternal grandmother.Many of the accused had drug or alcohol problems and lived in rural Tyler.April 2009 According to the district attorney in Smith County, this building was the site of the most horrific child sex ring in Texas history.
Margie and her husband, John, were career foster parents who, after arriving in Mineola, had taken in four new kids.
There’s just one problem: The DA in neighboring Wood County, where the building is located, says nothing happened here at all.
a weekly newspaper that serves much of Wood County, in East Texas, sat down to a familiar front page.
Five months later, the case resurfaced in Smith County, Wood County’s neighbor to the south. And the stories got uglier: The kids had been taught “sexual dancing,” and they had been forced to have sex with each other at a “sex kindergarten” run by a guy named “Booger Red”; after “graduating,” they were made to dance, strip, play doctor, and have sex with each other at the club.
The shows were videotaped, and in order to break down the kids’ inhibitions, they were drugged with Vicodin.