A man accused of helping his wife run a suspected massage parlor and prostitution house in Plymouth is behind bars in connection with failing to register his address as a sex offender in Erie County.
David W. Endicott, 55, is charged with failure to register through Sandusky Municipal Court. If convicted of the fourth-degree felony, he faces six to 18 months in bar.
Endicott was in Norwalk Municipal Court on Monday morning for his initial appearance on two counts of complicity to prostitution.
The third-degree misdemeanors are in connection with a raid at 132 W. Broadway St., Plymouth, just before 1 p.m. Thursday. The Plymouth Police Department, Huron and Richland county sheriff's offices, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, ATF and ICE were involved in using a search warrant. (EDITOR'S NOTE: To see pictures of the raid, click HERE.)
Endicott's wife, Xiaomin Feng-Endicott, 42, is charged with prostitution. The couple posted bond Thursday night and were released from the Huron County Jail.
"Mr. Endicott pleaded not guilty (Monday). We had to reschedule hers because she doesn't speak English," court administrator Kimberly Light said, referring to the suspects' first court appearances.
Feng-Endicott's initial hearing is now set for 10:30 a.m. Friday. Her husband is due in court at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 1.
Light said she had to call the Ohio Supreme Court to obtain an interpreter who speaks Mandarin Chinese.
"There's an interpreter's service through the Supreme Court. They gave me a number to call," she said.
In 2003 in South Carolina, Endicott was convicted of committing or attempting to commit a lewd act upon a child under the age of 16. Court records further indicate the victim was female juvenile. Endicott was sentenced to four years in prison and five years of probation.
Classified as sex predator, Endicott must register his address every 90 days for the rest of his life.
Huron County Sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Schaffer said Endicott had been registering regularly with her.
"He didn't come to me from the other county (in South Carolina). I don't have any other information in his file," Schaffer said.
After a news story ran about the prostitution case, Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Steve Westcott said residents in the 600 block of Shelby Street in Sandusky started asking deputies why the man had been living in their neighborhood. Sheriff Paul Sigsworth assigned Westcott, who oversees sex offender registration, to investigate the complaints.
Westcott said he spoke to neighbors who reported Endicott had been living on Shelby Street for about a month and a half.
"They knew the wife was Chinese in appearance," Westcott added.
Deputies obtained a warrant to arrest Endicott. He was booked into the Erie County Jail about 7:10 p.m. Monday.
"He's never registered with us," said Chief Deputy Jared Oliver, who noted Endicott was arrested at the Shelby Street residence.
After last week's raid in Plymouth, Huron County Children Services took custody of Feng-Endicott's 16-year-old daughter. Oliver said Erie County deputies' reports don't include any information about the girl living on Shelby Street in Sandusky.
"But that doesn't mean she's not there," the chief deputy added.
No information about the girl was available Tuesday through Huron County Juvenile Court.
A lifelong Plymouth resident who once rented a house from Endicott spoke to the Reflector last week. The man said he rented the West Broadway Street residence for about three months until he discovered Endicott, the owner, is a registered sex offender.
"I moved because he's a registered sex offender and he had a key to my house," the man said.
Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said authorities knew Endicott was a sex offender when they used the warrant Thursday.
"I don't believe he was on probation or anything. It was an offense that happened in South Carolina. It wasn't directly related to the massage parlor," Querin said Tuesday.
Plymouth Police Chief Charles Doan, at the scene, said police had received calls about suspicious activity at Endicott's house, which included vehicles with out-of-town license plates.
"Probably six months ago we started (surveillance)," Doan said. "We got license numbers. They were all out of town."
The chief said officers regularly saw people arriving and leaving 30 to 45 minutes apart.
Other neighbors who have lived on West Broadway about 15 years said they started seeing "a lot of cars coming in and out" at the beginning of the summer -- and many drivers "would turn around and come back."
"We have interviewed a couple of the patrons and learned along with the massages they were getting some sexual favors, as well," Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said earlier.
Authorities seized two computers and other evidence. Ohio BCI agents or a technician with the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force will be processing the computers.
"I think the investigation will be pending until we find out what's on those computers. Obviously, we will be following up with the clients of the massage parlor," Querin said.