Bennett says that police went to Boaz
and asked for a list of names and addresses of children who had been residents
within three months of the girl's stay.
Since they did not have a warrant, Boaz
says he refused to give them the information.
However, after Bennett's arrest, the
Texas Department of Human Resources
made FC comply and Boaz gave the police a list of 100 names.
"We felt that the police wanted the
kids' names to try and make a bigger case
out of the whole thing," Bennett says.
assert your own dignity."
Later that evening, Kellogg was asked
if he was a homosexual. When he said
that he was, he was placed in a single cell.
Kellogg also remembers being given a
physical and the examining physician sent
him back to the cell saying, "Don't bring
him back unless he's bleeding."
"I didn't mind being alone in the cell
because at least I got a good night's
sleep," he says. "But apparently they give
homosexuals a different color tag which I
found out when the other prisoners
began to make snide comments."
"We feel that the real issue involved is
whether or not gay people have the right to work
"Several of the children called us after
they were visited by the police and told
us about the tactics they used to try and
get them to say things."
Apparently they got enough out of
their interviews because on September 11,
both Bennett and Richard Kellogg,
Bennett's husband, were arrested.
Kellogg recalls that he was at work at
the Harris County Mental Health and
Mental Retardation Association, administering psychological tests to a three-year-
"There was a knock on the door and
one of my colleagues asked me to come
out. When 1 told her to wait she said I'd
better come out right now," Kellogg recalls. "When I came out 1 saw four men
who seemed to be about 18 feet tall."
Kellogg was handed a warrant by Officer Ralph Yarborough, for his arrest on
three counts of sexual indecency with a
minor and one count of sexual abuse of a
minor. Kellogg says the police were
methodically polite, but he was not read
"I was in shock," Kellogg recalls. "I
didn't recognize any of the names and I
told them so. But, I realized that it didn't
make any difference. I was being arrested.
The process was set in motion."
The officers took Kellogg outside,
handcuffed him and put him in their car.
After one hour of searching for Bennett,
they found her at home.
Bennett says she was fixing lunch
when Freeman walked into the room
with a drawn gun pointed at her and announced that she was under arrest again.
"My landlady, who I babysit for, saw
the police and came over," Bennett recalls. "When Freeman asked who she was,
I explained and he said, 'It's really something the types of people that some people allow to take care of their kids.' '
In the car with the officers, Kellogg
says that at one point Freeman asked him
if two of his friends were lovers.
"I told him that it was none of his business, and he came out with a stream of
unbelievable obscenities," Kellogg says.
"He also pointed to Sue and said, 'Do
you think that just because she's here I'm
not going to do something to you?' "
At the City Jail, Kellogg was interviewed by Mayes, whom he calls an
"I told him he hadn't read me my
rights and so he did. At the end of the
speech, there is a part that says you have
the right to terminate the interview if you
want," Kellogg says. "That's what I did.
It's a feeling that you'll do anything to
Kellogg says that the guards and other
prisoners were pleasant until they found
out what he was in jail for.
"It was altogether a grim experience," he says. "I guess it would have
been different if I had been in jail for a
traffic violation, but I wasn't. I kept
thinking that my life and my career
Kellogg's bond was set at $10,000.
On the advice of his lawyer, he decided
to stay in jail overnight in hopes the bond
would be reduced the following morning.
James Moriarty, Kellogg's lawyer,
managed to get the bond reduced to
$4,000. Kellogg paid $450 bail, and eight
hours later was taken off a bus, just as
it was leaving for the prison farm.
He had heard of the arrests of Bennett
and Kellogg the evening before. When he
learned there was also a warrant for his
arrest, Lucario raised the bail money and
called his lawyer.
The charges against him were one
count of sexual indecency with a minor
and one count of sexual abuse of a minor,
both of which are felony offenses.
After Lucario turned himself in, he
says that Officers Freeman and Yarborough arrived at the courthouse and
asked that he be released to their
custody. He was taken to the juvenile
"I felt all along that this particular group of
police were into really into publicity. They seem to
live in the gutter and they did it with Channel 2, 11
and 13 right behind them.3
Bennett's bond was set at $10,000
and the Sue Bennett Fund, after deciding
not to leave Bennett in jail overnight,
raised the necessary bail of $1,250 and
Bennett was released at midnight.
Former Family Connection counselor
James Bond was attending classes as a
pre-med student at Prairie View A&M
when he learned of the arrests of Bennett
and Kellogg. It was through a news
broadcast that Bond discovered he was
also wanted by the police.
Bond set about raising his bond money
and returned to Houston to turn himself
in. At the city jail Bond was told he was
under arrest on a felony charge of sexual
abuse of a child. Although his bail was
arranged, Bond says that he was placed
in a cell for two hours before police
released him on bond. Like the others,
Bond says his rights were never read to
"1 was questioned by officers who
wanted to know if I was a homosexual,"
he says. "The whole experience was
humiliating and perverse."
On the morning of Tuesday, September 12, former Family Connection staff
member John Lucario also went to the
Harris County courthouse to give himself
department of the city jail where he was
told to stand for photographs.
When Lucario asked why the pictures
were being taken in such a rush he was
told the police wanted to make the 12
"I felt all along that this particular
group of police, and especially Yarborough, were really into publicity,"
Kellogg says. "They seem to live in the
gutter and they do it with Channel 2,
11, and 13 right behind them."
Lucario says that although he posted
his bond immediately, Yarborough had a
hold placed on him and he spent the next
day and a half in city jail.
"At several sessions I had with the
officers I was subjected to interrogation,"
Lucario says. "They kept telling me that
I was in a lot of trouble. After a while
Freeman and Yarborough hinted to me
that what they wanted was information
on a Houston attorney who was a friend
Both Yarborough and Freeman hinted
that they would get him 10 years probation, or a dismissal of his charges if he
gave them the information, Lucario
After the arrests of Bennett, Kellogg,
Lucario and Bond, all the television news
media were provided with polaroid
pictures of the defendants.
Salzhandler, in an interview on Channel 11 TV, said, "Somebody has to speak
out about the prostitution ring at the
Family Connection." He claimed that
"lesbian staff" of the FC took female
children to lesbian bars where they were
sold to older lesbians for $ 1.
Interestingly enough, after making all
these accusations and provoking the original investigation, Salzhandler dropped
out of sight and has not been seen since,
Bennett says. He never testified at any of
the defendants' trials.
While TV news reports devoted extensive coverage to Salzhandler's and the
police's version of the story, both the
Houston Post and the Houston Chronicle noted the arrests only briefly in their
In the meantime, the Family Connection had temporarily closed in early
August, 1978, in order to meet new
licensing demands, says Boaz.
"We were shocked to hear from a new
licensing worker that our license was due
to expire on August 23, and it might be
too late to avoid interruption of services,"
Boaz says. "She explained to us that our
old worker had failed to provide us with
the proper 90-day notice of expiration
and had then quit the department."
Boaz says the new worker advised
him to close the home and reopen an
emergency shelter because that status
required keeping less permanent records. So FC closed temporarily on
August 24. During the closure they
redesigned administrative procedures and
remodeled the building in accordance
with emergency shelter standards, Boaz
However, Boaz says the media jumped
on the closing and assumed it was in connection with the arrests.
"When we did open, the media didn't
mention the fact until two months later,"
he says. "And then there was only a
small mention of it in the Chronicle."
In the meantime, all four defendants
were indicted by a grand jury.
"It seemed to me to be a conspiracy
from top to bottom," says Bennett.
"None of us had examining trials and we
were indicted before we had a chance.
It was really quite frightening. I was
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