Police: Gainesville accountant held women as sex slaves
By Kate Burgess, Reporter
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WOGX FOX 51) -
A well-known Gainesville accountant is sitting in jail on human trafficking charges after Alachua County Sheriff’s deputies said he held several women hostage in his home as sex slaves for months.
The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office got involved months ago when a woman complained that Timothy Deegan raped her while she slept. He was arrested for sexual battery in December.
According to police documents, in April, they received a tip Deegan was allegedly buying and selling crack cocaine. Detectives tailed him and again arrested him. When they searched his house in an affluent Gainesville neighborhood, investigators said they found hidden cameras, drugs, syringes, and sex tapes. A report indicates that three women came forward, claiming they met Deegan on a website, agreeing to trade sex for cocaine. They told investigators they got more than they bargained for.
“He was basically prostituting them out, in exchange for the money and the sex and the drugs,” said Alachua County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. Becky Butscher.
Deputies said Deegan constantly pumped the women with drugs, and then forced them to have sex with him and other men, video-taping it against their will, and streaming it online. According to the report, Deegan locked the women inside his home, watching them on video surveillance cameras, and threatening them with homemade weapons.
“They stayed, because they were afraid. He made traps, he watched their every move. He kept them addicted to drugs,” Sgt. Butcher said.
On Friday, detectives arrested Deegan for three counts of human trafficking. He is being held at the Alachua County Jail on $300,000 bond.