71-year-old Nick Nicholson is the Hernando County commissioner. He was arrested on Thursday on several charges of prostitution
A Florida county commissioner is facing multiple charges after authorities say he paid a couple living with him to be able to have sex with the man’s wife.
71-year-old Nick Nicholson is the Hernando County commissioner. He was arrested on Thursday on several charges of prostitution.
The arrest came after an investigation that started in February after police went to a home Nicholson rents after getting a call reporting a domestic disturbance.
33-year-old Kendel Surette and 30-year-old Valerie Surette were found in the middle of a heated dispute.
Valerie was found with an injury to her face and told cops that her husband had thrown a screwdriver at her head according to WPTV.
The Surettes and Nicholson had glassy, red eyes, according to authorities, and they appeared under the influence.
Nicholson’s sweatpants had a hole in the front that saw his genitals exposed.
Kendel Surette then revealed to investigators that the couple had been living in the home for around six months.
Nicholson had allegedly been buying them food and paying them $100 to have sex with Valerie Surette, pictured, on Tuesdays, and $200 to have sex with her on Saturdays
‘He begged me for months and offered me very large sums of money if I would move in and have sex with him,’ Surette said to the Tampa Bay Times.
‘I had originally agreed to the arrangement,’ she said. ‘I did work at a strip club, but that’s different. Here, I was a sex slave. … Whatever he wanted, I had to do.’
‘If I didn’t kiss him or touch him or sit on his lap, he would get angry,’ she continued.
Surette said she met Nicholson last year at Icon Gentleman’s Club in Pasco County, where she was a stripper.
Nicholson had been buying them food and paying them $100 to have sex with Valerie Surette on Tuesday, and $200 to have sex with her on Saturdays. The commissioner also paid her rent and rehab clinic bills.
Nicholson was renting the home and allegedly let 33-year-old Kendel Surette and 30-year-old Valerie Surette live there rent-free in exchange for sex
A second woman, Melinda Baker, 38, also allegedly had sex with Nicholson for money on Mondays and Wednesday. The commissioner also paid her rent
Nicholson allegedly let Valerie’s other clients have sex with her at the home – either in the garage or in a car parked in the driveway.
Thursday’s arrest report indicated that a second woman, Melinda Baker, 38, also had sex with Nicholson for money. Baker, currently in the Hernando County Detention Center on a charge of driving on a suspended license, listed Nicholson’s address as hers.
Surette said Baker lived at the house, but moved out a few months ago. In exchange for sex with Baker on Mondays and Wednesdays, the commissioner paid her rent and rehab clinic bills, Surette said.
Police arrested Nicholson Thursday and booked him at Henrico County Jail on $3,000 bond, which he posted shortly after.
The commissioner faces charges of operating a location for prostitution and two counts of purchasing services from a person engaged in prostitution, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
On Thursday night, the Republican Executive Committee of Hernando County voted to ask Nicholson to resign from his post, which he has held since 2012.
Prostitution charges against the women are not anticipated at this time, according to Sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Kraft.