Swatara Township police arrested Russell Wantz, 57, on Dec. 10 for soliciting sex after he allegedly responded to an ad posted by a 21-year-old woman authorities say is a prostitute. The woman placed her ad on the popular community site craigslist.org, according to police.
Wantz owns and operates the Schaad Detective Agency, according to the firm's Web site. The company provides security services to state agencies under four separate contracts, a state spokesman said Thursday.
The company has performed nearly $1 million in security and surveillance services for various state agencies over the last few years, according to documents posted online by the Web site yardbird.com. The site has followed Wantz's story closely.
According to the arrest record, police had taken the alleged prostitute, Payonna Williams, into custody when her cell phone, which had been taken as evidence, began ringing. Officers answered it and found themselves speaking with Wantz, who attempted to arrange a rendezvous with the cell phone's owner, the account said.
Wantz told a policeman posing as Williams' boyfriend that he would pay $125 for "advertised sexual services" with Williams, according to a police affadavit. For that fee, a separate affidavit said, Williams would provide "oral and vaginal sex...for a half hour." Wantz agreed to meet the woman at a local Red Roof Inn. Upon his arrival, police arrested the security executive.
"He is still innocent, until proven guilty," said Ed Myslewicz, spokesman for the Pennsylvania General Services Agency, which handles state contracting. If Wantz is convicted, Myslewicz said, "then the state would need to follow up and review the contracts and see if there was any language on contractor conduct."
According to the documents posted online, Wantz's firm has provided armed and unarmed guards and surveillance services to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the state's Turnpike Commission and the state's Liquor Control Board.
Wantz's attorney, L.C. Heim, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Schaad Detective Agency declined to comment for this story.