Adult, disturbing content and conspiracy disclaimer: Be warned that this is disturbing stuff with strong sexual language and references to child sex tourism, pedophilia and sex toys being used on men. If these offend you or you are under the age of 18, do not proceed. I have worked very hard to minimize the conspiratorial secret society aspect of all of this because I don’t see any conspiracy, Masonic, Shriner, Royal Order of Jester (ROJ) or otherwise.
May 12, 2011
How does one write about Masons and sex crimes without sounding conspiratorial? Certainly, these ingredients could make a great novel or screenplay or educational video game for journalism students but what we’ve really got a hold of here is the biggest nonprofit fraud of our time; how these guys party with prostitutes at tax payer expense.
A handful of aging frat boys created a nonprofit fraternity to “spread the gospel of merriment and mirth.” It just so happens that the fraternity is currently under investigation for prostitution, sex trafficking and child sex tourism after four Jesters were caught in a human trafficking sting for transporting prostitutes to weekend Jester parties in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Florida and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
A handful of Jester attorneys and other co-conspirators also created a companion nonprofit charity after convincing the IRS that their new million dollar HQ building was also a museum.
The problem is that the Jesters are currently appealing a denial that puts them on the hook for over $50,000 in property taxes.
Plus legal fees.
Attorneys are now trying to convince state tax authorities that the Marion County Assessor’s denial should be overridden because the Jesters are part of Masonry, thus obfuscating charitable apples with fraternal oranges.
The Indiana tax appeal board is hearing the case after a Marion County Assessor inspection found that the building didn’t meet charitable qualifications as a museum.
This challenges the IRS to reconsider the Jesters application for 501c3 charity status because the county officials’ rejection prevailed.
This three year investigation into the Jesters is the result of investigating the Shriners for the two years previous with a focus on nonprofit accountability, disclosure and transparency.
Or the serious lack thereof.
Sure, describing numbers on tax returns can be boring but add things like FBI pleadings, plea agreements and depositions from witnesses who describe pictures of “Masons” on a Brazilian fishing trip having sex with underage girls.
The Royal Order of Jesters is made up of about 23,000 secretly invited Shriners who must first be Master Masons. The Shriners are best known for their red fezzes and operating a network of hospitals that now take insurance for previously free medical care for burned and crippled children. One must first be a Master Mason before joining “appendant” groups like the Scottish Rite, the Knights Templar and the Shriners.
The Jesters hold weekend events called the “Book of the Play,” described in three different cases by a U.S. Attorney and an FBI agent as a nationwide network of groups, most of which have a guy charged with rounding up prostitutes for their weekend “books.”
Nearly geriatric pimps.
These cases revolve around Jesters caught by the FBI in a human trafficking sting for running prostitutes to “books.” They were, at the time, a NY State Supreme Court Judge, his law clerk, a retired Lockport Police Captain and an Erie County Sheriff.
The Judge was released from a year and a half in prison at the end of last January. The Sheriff was sentenced on April 11, 2011 after pleading guilty to concealing a felony after driving a limo full of prostitutes from the Buffalo airport to a national Jester meeting in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
This all started when the FBI began watching massage parlors suspected as being fronts for prostitution from August to November, 2007.
It turns out that Len Wah Chong pleaded guilty to running four brothels, partially staffed with illegal aliens who travelled through an international human trafficking network.
This application for the search warrant includes information from FBI wiretaps and includes Chong talking about the “judge” and “police captain.”
According to United States of America v Michael Lesinski, the FBI defines the Jesters for the first time as:
“The Royal Order of Jesters ('ROJ') is a worldwide fraternal organization whose membership is limited to individuals invited to join by other members. The motto of the ROJ is ‘mirth is king.’ The ROJ has local chapters or ‘courts.’ On occasion, a local court or group of local courts in the same geographical area sponsor social gatherings known as ‘books of the play’ or ‘books.’ The sponsoring courts organize the ‘books’ and arrange for food, lodging, and entertainment at the ‘books.’ The ROJ also sponsors a yearly national ‘book,’ the equivalent of a national convention. In April, 2005, the Jester’s national book was held in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. As set forth below, a typical feature of a ‘book of the play’ is the presence of prostitutes (‘Jester Girls’) who engage in commercial sex acts with members of the ROJ. Arrangements for the prostitutes are generally made by the organizer of the ‘books,’ or the region hosting the national ‘book.’ On occasion, individual Jesters make arrangements to transport prostitutes to ‘books.’”
Court documents from the judge’s case indicate the Jesters are being investigated for prostitution, human trafficking and child sex tourism.
While these Buffalo Jesters were getting prostitutes from all around the country to local and national “books,” a group of Jesters were on one of their regular “fishing trips” to Brazil, asking to be called “Masons” and for girls over 13.
This is according to depositions provided by two fishing guides who are among five others being prosecuted by the Brazilian Public Ministry for operating a “house of prostitution.”
The defendants were named in a Brazilian Federal Court filing originally filed on April 29, 2011. It was updated today, May 13, and now names former fishing tour operator Richard Wayne Schair.
He fired the fishing guide brothers three years ago after they complained about underage girls on his Amazon Santana fishing boats, then were detained for questioning by the Brazilian Federal Police as they investigated that girls living along rivers in the Amazon were sexually exploited by North Americans. The guides then provided depositions for the defense after Schair sued a competitor for alleging that he provided prostitutes for his clients while fishing in Brazil.
Nineteen Jesters were named on a witness list for the defense and were expected to testify about their first hand knowledge of sex with underage prostitutes while on one of Schair’s fishing trips.
It is from these depositions that we read about the “Masons.”
One of the brothers, Adilson Garcia Da Silva, provided a video deposition in Miami, Florida on Sunday, April 13, 2008 from 11 am to 6:25 pm.
He testified there were “normal” trips and certain ones that were not “normal.” There were those that had girls and drugs and they were American. It was four times or twice during a season or three times.
Q = Attorney
A = Adilson
Q: What types of programs are you aware of took place w/these girls on the boats?
A: Well, there was, there was everything. There was oral sex, strip and dance contests and for everything, there was tips.
Q: Other than oral sex, are you aware of sex occurring on these boats with these girls that were paid to come on the boat and Wet-A-Line’s customers?
Adilson then explained that the girls got paid for sex acts and for dancing by Lauro, including sex acts that everyone could see while the North Americans were fishing and that there were groups of these men who came exclusively for sex with the underage girls.
Q: Did any of the girls tell you that they engaged in sex with Wet-a-Line clients?
Q: Did they describe to you specifically what type of sex that they had with the Wet-a-Line customers?
A: All types.
Q: Did the girls tell you that they were involved in different types of sex acts with Wet-a-Line customers?
Q: Did you ever witness any Wet-a-Line customer having sex, whether it was traditional sex or oral sex, from one of these prostitutes?
Q: If you could describe for us some of the types of things that you were told by, either saw or told by these prostitutes as to what specifically was occurring on these Wet-a-Line boats?
A: I would see it on the boat that they were practicing oral sex. We would be fishing and sometimes we'd go by and they were practicing oral sex.
Q: Did the girls -- did you ever see or hear anything from the girls, these prostitutes, that they came to you or did they come to you and say that they did anything unusual with any of the customers?
A: Well, a sex that I had never seen, was to shove a ball in the behind and I, you know, they would say that and I heard it.
Q: Was there a certain set or group of people customer-wise that participated in these sex acts with customer, excuse me, with the prostitutes, or was it just general customers that came aboard the boat?
A: No, they were groups who came exclusively to do that type of thing.
Q: And were those groups mainly American men?
Q: Can you describe for us -- I mean I know you indicated earlier that at some point in time the Amazon Santana, I believe you referred to it as, and the Santana I were joined together for the women and the men to get together. What would a typical night be when the boats would join together?
A: You know, party, drinking, strip, sex, drugs, everything.
Q: Do you know the ages of some of the girls that were on the boats with these customers, Wet-a-Line customers, at the time that you worked for Wet-a-Line?
Q: What were some of the ages of the women?
A: They would always say they were of age, but they were never of age.
Q: Did you know for a fact that they were not of age?
A: Some, yes. Some were not of age.
Q: When you say of age, are you referring to 18 or is it a different age?
A: Yes, from 18 up, it is of age.
Q: And is it your understanding that there were girls that were under 18 that were hired to be on these boats as prostitutes.
Q: What is the youngest age that you’re aware of girls being prostitutes on the Wet-A-Line boats?
A: They said they were 18, but some of them were 16, 17.
Q: What is the youngest age that you’re aware of a girl being on the boat as a prostitute?
A: My brother would pick up a group of girls in Autazes and would take by boat to an American. One was 13, one was 14, and there was one who was even 9 years old.
Then Adilson begins identifying pictures from Sept, 2007.
Q: The next picture, 00663. Can you identify any of the individuals in the picture?
Q: Did you take the picture?
Q: Where did you take this picture?
A: It was on the upper part of the boat at the beginning of dinner.
Q: A Wet-A-Line –
A: In the beginning of the party.
Q: Was it on a Wet-A-Line boat?
Q: Do you know who the males are that are identified in the picture?
A: These are the ones that they all called him Bob.
Q: Did they call both of these males Bob?
A: Yes. One would call this one Bob and the other one also called the other one Bob, and I didn’t know who Bob was.
Q: Were they Wet-A-Line customers?
Q: Who were the females in the pictures, in this picture?
A: These are the same ones that were in the other pictures, Malu and Kelly.
Q: And were these girls hired to be on board of this boat, on this day that you took this picture, to be prostitutes?
Q: How often did you see these two Bobs on the Wet-A-Line boats?
A: They came every year. Every year, they would come. The last time was now, last year.
Q: When last year?
A: It was September, the month of September.
Q: Is that when you took this picture?
A: It was.
Q: Turning to the next picture, 00664, can you identify any of the individuals in the picture?
I don’t know their names, but they were the boat’s clients.
Q: Do you know if they came with a certain organization?
A: The manager said that they were Masons. I didn’t know what Masons were. To me, it was like a religion, like a belief.
Q: Was it your understanding that there were certain Masons that came on these tours?
Q: Do you know what a Mason is?
A: I didn’t know what it was, but now I know that it’s an organization of people that are all over the world.
Q: Do you know if all of these individuals in this picture were identified to you as being Masons?
A: Yes. It was a group.
Q: Were the two people in the prior picture a part of the Mason group?
A: It was the same group, for sure it was the same group.
Q: Turning to the next picture, actually let me ask you one other question. Did you take the picture that is identified as 00664?
Q: The next picture, 00665, did you take this picture?
Q: Was this picture taken during a time where Masons were on the cruise or on the tour, I should say?
A: Yes, it was the same group. This is another fisherman, but it’s the same group.
Q: Is it the same day as the picture that we just looked at?
A: The ones of the party, they were.
Q: And who are the three – well, there’s actually, possibly even four. Who are the four females in this picture?
A: They were the call girls.
Q: Do you know these girls?
A: Not by name.
Q: Did you meet them the day you took this picture?
A: It was.
Q: Was it known to you when you were taking the pictures that these girls were there to be prostitutes on the boat?
Q: Next picture, 00666, did you take this picture?
Q. All right. Were these two individuals a part of the Mason group?
A: Yes. Yes.
Q: Do you know what those two girls were doing on the boat?
A: They were hired to do programs.
Moving forward from page 152 to page 153.
Q: The next picture, 00668, did you take this picture?
Q: Do you know any of the individuals in this picture?
A: This one here, I know only by name, and he’s an American. I forgot his name. I forgot, but I know him by name.
Q: Is this Don Anderson?
A: That’s right. That’s the name. Don Anderson. He was the leader of the group the chief of the group.
Q: Do you know the females in this picture?
A: They were the ones who would be accompanying them from the same group.
Q: Did you know these two females by name?
A: No. I didn’t have that much contact with the upper part, you know. I only went up to take pictures. It was prohibited to go up.
Q: Why did you say that the gentleman listed in this picture
Those named on the witness list, along with Don Anderson, will be at the end of the article.
Finally, the prosecutions by the Brazilian Public Ministry were the result of an investigation by the Federal Police who took the depositions of five Brazilian Indian girls. They alleged on June 13, 2007 that “Richard” illegally lured them off their reservation to clean and cook on his fishing boat. They told the police that upon arrival, they were expected to get drunk and perform “programs” that consisted of oral sex, strip and dance contests on the boat with North American fishermen. The girls allege that they were told they’d be paid one rate, but were paid much less of what had been promised. One testified that she was left pregnant after one such fishing trip, at the age of 13.
Schair accidently made public his indictment by the Brazilian Federal Police after asking the judge in charge of his case to dismiss all charges against him. The judge refused, stating his case had no merit. Schair’s failed application for habeas corpus was filed in the Brazilian federal court system, making public a police report requested by the judge that described the charges for which he was indicted, including rape, corruption of minors and operating a network of prostitution to attract the business of North American tourists.
Evidence in his case included a client manifest listing three members of the Royal Order of Jesters, guests of Schair’s from August 31 - September 9, 2005. They are Donald W. Anderson, R.W. Keers and R.R. Kirby, all members of the ROJ Albuquerque court # 24.
The deposition of Adilson Garcia Da Silva can be read here http://www.esnips.com/doc/699bd4cb-d72a-418a-9440-72dc0dcc2157/deposition-adilson-sunday-april-13-2008
The deposition of Admilson Garcia Da Silva that describes drug use and how young the girls were can be read here.
The girls’ statements can be read here.
The original Schair v Marsteller complaint can be read here.
An entry from Schair’s habeas corpus case can be viewed here.
The witness list can be read here.
Those witnesses believed to be Jesters include:
William Dewane Meeks, address unknown.
Ferrel Harrison Adams, Jr. Albuquerque, NM, Court #24.
Robert Rex Lee, M.D., Wichita, KS, Court #76.
Robert Rex Lee, II, Wichita, KS, Court #76.
Thomas Raymond Lee, address unknown.
Don Anderson, Albuquerque, NM, Court #24.
Douglas Allan Boynton, Long Beach, CA, Court #161, President, 2005.
Norman Lee Broschous, Peoria, Illinois.
Robert George Duncan, Long Beach, CA, Court #161.
Phillip Carl Spellens , Long Beach, CA, Court #161.
Claude William Grimes, Tyler, TX, Court #168.
Carl Wayne Mixon, Sr., New Orleans, LA, Court #36.
Walker Jenkins, Long Beach, CA.
Samuel Emmett Newton, Jr., Las Vegas, NV, Court # 181.
Roy Edward Pennington, New Orleans, LA, Court #36.
Roy Edward Pennington Jr., New Orleans, LA, Court #36.
Edward Beynroth Schwimg, Address unknown.
Edward William Sparks, Address unknown.
Harry Howlett Waldron, Jacksonville, FL, Court #90.
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