HOUSTON (KTRK) --Authorities have charged a pair in connection with an alleged sex crime ring.
Bruce Wayne Wallis and Tracie Tanner are charged with aggravated promotion of prostitution. Wallis is also charged with engaging in organized criminal activity.
"I have never seen an organization quite as large as this one," said Assistant District Attorney Lester Blizzard. "The case involved 26 separate search warrants that were issued."
Prosecutors say Wallis ran a total of six brothels, with at least 20 women working for him as prostitutes. They would reportedly pay him $400 a week.
"We are now really trying to work our way up the organization to bring the people that are at the top, the people making the money, the people that are running things," Blizzard. "Maybe in other areas, those people were in levels of insulation, difficult to reach."
Wallis is a pilot for United Airlines, but has been grounded at this time.
United Airlines issued the following statement: "We hold our employees to the highest standards and are assisting the authorities in this matter. We have removed the employee from his flying duties."
Mug shots of women arrested in connection with case