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Neighbors near this alleged brothel site at 238 E. 50th St. said the business seemed brisk. ‘I see random guys walking in all the time,’ said Rory Rodbell, 25, who lives in the building and applauded the the bust.
By looking at him, this “normal nice guy” looks just like another Brooklyn stroller dad — but cops have busted him for running a chain of Manhattan cathouses catering to lonely men seeking a “girlfriend experience.”
William Thomas, 42, spotted outside his Fort Greene home Monday being a regular Brownstone Brooklyn father, brazenly flaunted his stable of Asian prostitutes, provocatively posing them topless and in lingerie on the websites E4AKorea.com and E4ANY.com, authorities said.
William Thomas of Brooklyn was arrested and charged with running a $260-an-hour brothel he allegedly promoted with topless photos on websites like this one.
The accused pimp ran brothels out of a Financial District commercial building and apartments in Hell’s Kitchen and midtown that attracted businessmen, lawyers and regular joes seeking amorous sessions for up to $260 an hour, officials said.
Neighbors of one of the sex dens — an E. 50th St. third-floor flat featuring “multiple beds” and a harem of hookers — said Thomas was running a brisk business.
“I see random guys walking in all the time,” said Rory Rodbell, 25, who lives in the building and applauded the the bust.
Rodbell’s biggest complaint? The hookers hogged the laundry room.
“They were always washing sheets. There were two or three,” said Rodbell. “I was always pissed off because I was trying to do my laundry.”
Another resident of the building, who would only identify herself as Renée, described the johns as businessmen in suits and regular working-class guys. She recalled opening the front door to let johns in as early as 10 a.m.
Prosecutors said cops brought down the sex ring earlier this month in an undercover sting.
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The alleged brothel at 1 Maiden Lane in the Financial District is in a nondescript building where authorities shut down an unrelated gay sex club in 2004.
A detective posing as a john arranged an Oct. 11 meeting with Thomas, who allegedly directed him to the E. 50th St. love pad. When the detective got to the address, he was greeted by a comely Korean woman who introduced herself as “Olivia” and told him he could kiss her but had to wear a condom during sex, authorities said.
In his online ads, Thomas allegedly lured customers offering the “girlfriend experience” or “GFE” — a reference to sex without a condom. “GFE’s do multipop on an hour-rate basis,” websites touted, suggesting hookers would have sex multiple times.
Most of the women charged $260 per hour or $200 for 30 minutes. More economical clients could opt for a “happy ending” massage special for $100 plus $40 tip.
JOE MARINO FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
William Thomas of Fort Greene ran a brisk business of prostitution, one neighbor says.
Thomas’ hookers worked out of a suite on the fifth floor that was advertised as a doctor’s office on the building’s company directory, authorities said.
“We saw lots of well-dressed Asian girls, but it’s not like you could tell they were prostitutes,” said the owner of a comic-book store on the first floor.
Thomas was arrested and charged with promoting prostitution on Oct. 11 and released on $10,000 bond. Two women, Jung Lee, 28, of Queens, and Rei Spain, 38, of Long Island, were also busted for their alleged roles in the ring. Neither Thomas nor defense attorneys for any of the arrested people returned calls Monday.
Thomas’ Fort Greene neighbors said he never showed signs of being a pimp. “He’s a nice guy. He’s normal, a normal family man,” said the owner of a bodega across the street from Thomas’ apartment building.
With Kerry Burke and Simone Weichselbaum