A Broken Arrow man used the phone number associated with a ministry he leads in advertisements for a house of prostitution, according to police.
Tulsa County prosecutors on Wednesday charged Walter Eugene Brazington Jr. — identified as a minister for a group in Broken Arrow — with procuring for prostitution and possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony, according to court records.
Brazington, 55, attempted to “encourage, induce or persuade women to become inmates of a house of prostitution,” the charges state.
Broken Arrow police allege that Brazington operated the house at 804C S. Ninth St. under the guise of a massage parlor.
Brazington is listed as an apostle and prophet for the All Nations Evangelistic Team, a preaching group based in Broken Arrow. The address listed for the evangelistic team corresponds to an address that police searched, reportedly Brazington’s residence, as part of an undercover operation, according to a search warrant affidavit.
The phone number listed on the evangelistic team’s website also matches phone numbers used in classified ads seeking massage therapists for the massage parlor targeted by police earlier this month, according to the affidavit.
Police conducted an undercover operation at the massage parlor and eventually arrested Brazington as its operator. Tiffany Ann Roach, 40, who worked at the establishment, also was arrested.
Police say Roach told investigators that she has human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV.
Roach was negotiating with a client when officers raided the house on Nov. 20, police said. She told investigators that she had worked at the parlor for a month and had learned in June that she was HIV positive, the affidavit says.
Prosecutors charged Roach with exposing others to an infectious disease.
Police surveilled the business for about 1½ months before sending in an undercover person to interview for a job. Brazington reportedly interviewed the person, whom police did not identify in the affidavit.
“He tells the (undercover operative) he/she is completely safe here, that he’s not a ‘pimp’ and treats the girls like staff,” an investigator wrote in the affidavit.
Brazington is alleged to have asked the operative to prove that he or she was not a law enforcement officer by exposing parts of his or her body. He stated during the interview that only two of his employees had been arrested in 3½ years, according to the search warrant affidavit.
Investigators suspect that Brazington was the previous owner of two other massage parlors in Tulsa and Broken Arrow. Brazington filed a police report in January 2015 in Broken Arrow that listed one of the parlors as his business. He alleged that he had learned that three of his employees were engaging in prostitution, according to the affidavit.
One of the fired employees reportedly worked at the parlor on Ninth Street.
The All Nations Evangelistic Team website states that Brazington has established four churches and three schools and served in leadership roles for ministerial associations. It says Brazington has also worked in law enforcement and food service, as a bodyguard and as a bus driver.
Police said in the affidavit that Brazington told the undercover operative that he was at one time a bodyguard for presidents, heads of state and celebrities and that he was a decorated police officer.
Roach is in the Tulsa Jail in lieu of a $6,000 bond, according to jail records. Brazington has posted bond and been released from jail.
Two phone calls to the evangelistic team’s listed phone number and a message to the listed email were not returned Wednesday.