SPRING HILL, Florida — A Florida politician has been busted on prostitution charges for keeping paying women to live in his home and be his sex slaves.
Nicholas Nicholson, 71, who has served on the Hernando County board of commissioners since 2012, most recently kept a married couple in his home and paid to have sex with the wife twice a week.
“Whatever he wanted, I had to do,” exotic dancer Valerie Surrette, who moved into Nicholson’s house with her husband last year, told the Tampa Bay Times.
She said she met Nicholson at the strip club where she worked and that he “begged” her to “move in and have sex with him,” offering her “very large sums of money.”
“I did work at a strip club, but that’s different. Here, I was a sex slave,” she said, adding that she had struggled with substance abuse problems and that Nicholson had taken advantage of that.
Once she agreed to move in, she said Nicholson kept her on a schedule, paying her $100 to have sex on Tuesdays and $200 to do it on Saturdays. But she said Nicholson eventually began engaging in painful sex acts that she hadn’t agreed to.
Police say Nicholson also kept another woman living in the house under similar circumstances until recently.
Cops initially caught wind of the situation when they were called to the home on a domestic disturbance call in February after Surrette and her husband Kendall got into a fight. He told officers about the arrangement with Nicholson and they launched an investigation.
At the time, Nicholson told cops that Surrette simply kept him company. “I’m just a nice guy, so they just took advantage of me,” he said.
Nicholson has been charged with owning a home for the purpose of prostitution and two counts of engaging in prostitution and was released on $3,000 bail. County officials say they want Nicholson to resign and are looking into removing him from office.
For now, Nicholson is barred from returning to his home, while the Surrette’s say they will stay there until they find a new place to live.