Mitchell Wasek, the son of Buc-ee’s convenience store chain co-founder Donald Wasek, has been arrested on allegations of secretly recording over a dozen guests in various properties owned by his family. The Austin American-Statesman reported that Wasek is facing 28 counts of invasive visual recordings.
According to an arrest affidavit, Wasek is accused of filming 13 individuals without their knowledge while they were engaged in private activities such as using the toilet, showering, changing clothes, and having sex. The investigation into the matter began in May after a group of guests discovered a camera in the bathroom of Wasek’s family home on Lake Travis. They reported taking the camera and later finding videos of themselves in compromising situations in the bedroom and bathroom.
Further examination of the camera’s memory card revealed additional clips taken in other locations, including a Dallas apartment leased by Wasek, as well as an Austin apartment and a home in Telluride, Colorado, both owned by Wasek’s parents. Authorities also reviewed Wasek’s Amazon purchase history, which reportedly included several spy cameras.
Under Texas law, invasive visual recording is considered a state jail felony, carrying a maximum penalty of two years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000. Wasek was released on $10,000 bail per charge, totaling $280,000.
The $8.2 million Lake Travis home where the initial camera was discovered is registered under Donald Wasek’s name, who co-founded Buc-ee’s nearly four decades ago.