THURSTON - Richard A. Gould faces two felony charges of promoting prostitution after he was arrested Monday and accused of trying to recruit two undercover female police officers into prostitution.
While police arrested Gould, 56, of Thurston, on Monday, he wasn't charged until Wednesday.
Fairfield-Athens Major Crimes Unit Commander Dennis Lowe said more charges may be forthcoming as the investigation progresses. He said Gould was running a brothel out of his 8260 High St. residence.
Court documents say Gould "may face additional felony offenses that may include trafficking in drugs, and/or corrupting others with drugs."
MCU Sgt. Lee Hawks said no drugs were found Monday during the sting.
Lowe said police arrested Gould at an undisclosed location in Lancaster and then acted upon a search warrant of his residence. He said the search uncovered a female from Columbus working as a prostitute at the High Street location. She was not arrested.
Hawks said Gould discussed a business arrangement with the two undercover officers, including how they would divide the proceeds and how they would pay him rent.
"He was very excited to meet these two young ladies and was eagerly anticipating moving them into his house and having all of this access," Lowe said. "Yeah, he seemed pretty surprised. In fact, he said, 'I think I got myself into some trouble.' That was a pretty accurate statement."
He said police have identified a number of young women who were involved with the suspect in the case.
Court documents say Gould "appears to have been engaging in the long-term exploitation of females to engage in prostitution." Hawk earlier this week said it looks like Gould was involved in prostitution for more than a year.