A popular Houston-area chef, Bruce Molzan was charged with felony indecency with a child, and is out on a $20,000 bond. Molzan is accused of sexually assaulting two children under the ages of 17 last year, Houston news reports. Molzan was ordered to surrender his passport and he is prohibited from using a computer, cellphone or accessing the internet.
Court documents reveal that two children were interviewed by the children’s assessment center and each described in graphic detail what happened. They also state that detectives learned of their accusations after receiving a 911 call. The investigation is ongoing.
The conditions of his bond state that:
Molzan cannot have contact with children under the age of 17. He is restricted from going to places where children might frequent. He was also ordered not to have contact with his accusers, anyone in their homes or any of the accusers’ siblings. Molzan was ordered to stay at least 200 feet from all schools or child care facilities.
The judge only permitted Molzan to travel to and from work, Ruggles Black, “Houston’s premier Paleo restaurant with French American Flavors, Asian spices and Paleo principles.”
However, Molzan is also tied to illegal fish smuggling, according to a two-year investigation conducted by the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife, which was announced one year ago. Houston news reported in April 2017 that Molzan “is accused of operating an illegal seafood network that could be the largest of its kind in Texas, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens.”
Molzan apparently “purchased and sold illegal finfish, which were caught by several unlicensed commercial fishermen, off menus at his then-restaurants at Ruggles Green and Ruggles Black. Another restaurant illegally sold shrimp to Molzan,” according to TPWD.
According to game wardens, the illegal fish network funneled nearly 28,000 pounds of unlawfully caught finfish — including highly regulated red snapper and other protected game fish like tuna, amberjack, grouper and red drum — gaining more than $400,000 in profit from 2013 to 2017.
“The actual charges against Bruce Molzan and Ruggles in this investigation are buying from an unlicensed fisherman, not running an organized illegal operation as being falsely reported. These are Class C misdemeanors, the equivalent of a traffic ticket. We are challenging these allegations in court and expect them to be dismissed. We look forward to resolving this matter expeditiously,” Molzan’s attorney, Joel Androphy, said in a statement.
Houston news reported:
“This is a big deal and exemplifies the critically important work our Texas game wardens do to protect the state’s natural resources,” Col. Craig Hunter, TPWD law enforcement director, said. “Not only did these unscrupulous actors violate recreational fishing regulations at an extreme level for personal profit, but they also circumvented restrictions and rules governing the possession, safe handling and sale of commercial aquatic products intended for human consumption. That is not something we in law enforcement will tolerate, and we are confident these individuals will be prosecuted to the fullest extent the law allows.”
In response, Ruggles Green posted a statement in April 2017:
“Today Texas Parks & Wildlife announced findings from an investigation of an illegal seafood network allegedly involving former Ruggles Green co-owner, Bruce Molzan. As of October 1, 2016, Ruggles Green is under new ownership and since that time Mr. Molzan has not been an owner, or involved in the management or operations of the company. Under its new ownership, Ruggles Green has not served any illegal seafood, has not received any citations in connection with this investigation and ensures lawful and sustainable practices. We stand behind our processes to provide guests with the highest quality of food.”
Now Molzan is released on bond for sex abuse of two children?
Isn’t there enough proof that this man is a criminal?
Why isn’t he in prison?