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Schlitterbahn co-owner posts $1 million bond

Posted: 3:29 PM, Oct 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-01 14:27:16-04

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeff Henry has been released from the Wyandotte County Jail after posting a new $1 million dollar bond.

The new bond was set Wednesday after Henry was charged with new drug and sex crimes in Johnson County.

His previous $500,000 bond in the murder case against him was revoked.

Henry faces that murder charge after a 10 year old boy died on Schlitterbahn's Verruckt water slide in 2016.

According to a spokesman for the Wyandotte County Jail, Henry was booked into the jail after the new bond was set at 3:17 p.m. Wednesday.

The spokesman says Henry was able to post the $1 million bond and be released from the jail at 7:50 p.m. Wednesday, less than five hours after he was booked.

Under terms of his bond, Henry remains on house arrest and is tracked with a GPS monitor.

His Texas-based attorney Ron Barroso said Wednesday after Henry posted bond, he would return to a mental health clinic in Houston where he's previously been treated.

The 41 Action News Investigators could reach neither Barroso or Henry's Kansas City area based attorney Carl Cornwell to confirm if Henry has returned to the clinic.

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EARLIER | KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeff Henry’s bond has been revoked in Wyandotte County, Kansas.

Henry — who is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of a 10-year-old at the Kansas City, Kansas, water park in 2016 — had been free on a $500,000 bond.

But a judge revoked that bond Wednesday, after Henry was charged with several drug-related crimes and hiring a prostitute in Johnson County, Kansas.

Prosecutors for the state of Kansas requested a $2 million bond.

READ: [WARNING: Graphic language] Prosecutor’s motion to revoke bond

Instead, Henry will remain jailed for now on a $1 million bond.

But a Wyandotte County judge did accept a host of new bond conditions, which were recommended by the state and placed strict limitations on Henry’s involvement with various business interests.

Among the new conditions, Henry is barred from setting foot on the Schlitterbahn property in KCK.

Court documents claim Henry took his longtime girlfriend there after business hours.

Details of Henry’s latest arrest for drug possession and hiring a prostitute emerged during the revocation hearing inside a Wyandotte County courtroom Wednesday and in court documents.

Henry was charged in Johnson County, Kansas, with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamines, possession of drug paraphernalia, knowingly hiring a person selling sexual relations and illegal possession of prescription drugs.

According to court documents, Henry was arrested by Merriam, Kansas, police July 13 at the Drury Inn with 61.3 grams of meth, 18 hypodermic needles, and 16 Xanax.

Court records claim Henry agreed to pay a human trafficker $400 for the services of a prostitute.

The records say he paid $240 in cash, and made up the difference with 10 all-day passes to Schlitterbahn.

In court documents, Kansas Assistant Attorney General Adam Zentner argues, "Henry was willing to grant an alleged human trafficker free access to a water park that attracts families with children, and especially teenaged girls. Jeff Henry's practices made it easier for a potential human trafficker to gain access to the young women attending and working at Schlitterbahn."

The court documents also claim Henry may have tried to engage in a longer term relationship with the prostitute or human trafficking victim.

The documents say Henry told his longtime girlfriend the prostitute was traveling with him as his sex slave. 

In exchange, she would receive a $50,000 to $100,000 condo as part of the agreement as long as she did whatever Henry wanted.

The human trafficking victim told police she injected Henry and his girlfriend's necks with meth at Henry's request.

The 41 Action News Investigators asked Henry's Texas-based attorney Ron Barroso if Henry has a drug problem both in April and on Wednesday and received two different answers.

"He's got two marijuana convictions, two misdemeanor marijuana convictions, one that happened 12 years ago and another one that happened about 20 years ago, that's it. So no, he does not have a marijuana problem," Barroso said in April.

"I don't know, I don't want to talk about that in view of these other charges that have surfaced. If he does, it's related to his depression," Barroso said Wednesday.

Henry, who is scheduled to appear in Johnson County court Nov. 7 for another hearing in the drug/prostitution case, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Caleb Schwab.

Schwab, the son of Kansas Rep. and current Republican Secretary of State candidate Scott Schwab (R-Olathe), died on Verruckt, which was touted as the world’s tallest waterslide, in August 2016.

More information on Verruckt: The tragedy, Schwab's death and subsequent legal actions

Schlitterbahn and the Schwab family reached a multi-million settlement in January 2017.

No trial date has been set for the murder charges in Wyandotte County.

"When Caleb died, I think a piece of Jeff died too and since then, he's been in a depression," Barroso said.

Henry’s lawyer in his Johnson County case Carl Cornwell, said in court Henry was receiving mental health treatment at the Meninger Clinic in Houston and referred to him as “a sick man."

Barroso said if Henry is able to post his new $1 million bond, which could happen as soon as Thursday, Henry would return to the clinic as part of conditions of his new bond.

Henry also was the subject of a threatening investigation in New Braunfels, Texas, for an incident that happened April 6 in the early morning hours the day after a court appearance in Wyandotte County.

Court records show prosecutors tried to get Henry's bond revoked for his murder case after that incident in Texas, but were unsuccessful.

Henry was never charged even though a 911 transcript shows he threatened to kill the son of the woman he visited during that early morning incident.

His wife claimed he was mentally and physically abusive and suffered from bipolar disorder in court filings seeking a divorce.

Verruckt’s demolition is scheduled to start Thursday, two weeks after a pair of Schlitterbahn employees were acquitted of lying to investigators in the case.