Son of Buc-ee’s co-founder faces charges for secretly filming people in restroom

AUSTIN, TX – A Travis County grand jury has indicted Mitchell Wasek, the responsible party for allegedly filming partygoers in secret while they used the restroom at his family’s lake house in Texas. Wasek, 28, the son of Buc-ee’s co-founder Don Wasek, was charged with 21 counts of invasive visual recording on May 17, Travis County district attorney’s office have said.

The allegations of these charges are comprised of 13 victims claimed to have been covertly recorded over a near two-year span by Wasek. The accused was apprehended in October 2023, initially facing 28 counts of invasive visual recording, according to The Austin-American Statesman and online records.

Charges were brought after guests at the Lake Travis house located a camera’s charging port camouflaged in a bathroom wall in May, leading them to alert the authorities, a police affidavit procured by a local newspaper stated. Viewers of the seized camera footage reported that it contained recordings of guests “in various states of undress”.

Sources indicated that the camera held footage of 13 individuals from washroom facilities at the lake house and two other locations. This included an apartment in Austin, Texas and a residence in Telluride, Colorado. Both properties were detained by the Wasek family, as per property records, police affidavit and Statesman’s reports. The secretive recordings ostensibly captured individuals “using the toilet, showering, changing clothes and/or having sex”.

Travis County District Attorney José Garza noted that the case against Mr. Wasek was found to be unlawful by an independent group of Travis County community members who attentively listened to the presented evidence and case law.