What started out as a friendship between a wealthy 62 year old businessman and a teenage hostess working at the Ojos Locos Sports Bar along the Gulf Freeway has turned into an extensive police investigation involving sex, money and teenage girls from two Clear Creek ISD high schools, according to investigators.
"It's definitely interesting. We don't see a lot of cases like this," said Adam Poole, Galveston County Asst. District Attorney.
Dubbed "Money Mike" by the teenagers, Michael McIntosh now faces three child sexual assault charges. 17 year old Chelsey Taylor faces one count of felony compelling prostitution for introducing him to her friends. Investigators found out about the alleged relationships after a student, who was not involved, learned about it, and told a teacher, who then notified administrators.
"The allegations are he'd pay them money for sexual favors, and Chelsey would get a payment , a cut of that," Poole said.
Investigators say Chelsey may be homeschooled and used Twitter to send messages about McIntosh to her friends. So far, eight girls under the age of seventeen have admitted visiting McIntosh at his Friendswood home, located on the 600 block of Idlewood. A copy of a search warrant shows authorities had authorization to seize an indoor surveillance camera system, computers, hard drives, and telephone records among other things to build their case.
Six of the eight girls who visited the house admitted accepting up to 300 dollars just to stop by and say hi. But according to prosecutors, interactions during some of those visits, which started this past summer and ended in early October, led to sex.
"We do have three girls who have admitted actually going through with it and accepting money in exchange for performing sexual acts with Michael McIntosh," Poole said. "They were varying amounts of money. At one time, we know that $3600 was paid all at once."
Cristian Ochoa and Brittney Ortiz are waitresses at the restaurant where McIntosh met Chelsey, and reportedly left $50 tips during his weekly solo visits.
"I mean he seemed like a nice guy. I didn't know him that much," Ochoa said.
"When he came in he was really nice," she said. "He wouldn't say anything out of line to me. He'd eat, talk a lot. He just wanted someone to talk to pretty much."
But court documents say McIntosh, who owns a firework production company and contracts to conduct firework shows for various cities in the Greater Houston area, had already been banned from Bone Daddy's, another sports bar in Webster. The documents say earlier this year, a waitress "complained on him for soliciting her to have sexual relationships with him for money. He was asked to leave and never come back."
McIntosh is now out of jail after posting bond, but investigators say more charges may be on the way. As for Chelsey, Poole explained the reason for filing a charge against her.
"Because she's seventeen, she is being charged as an adult," he said. " She's being charged based on her conduct, which is different than the other girls involved."