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Kansas Water Park Co-Owner Faces New Charges, Including For Drugs, After Boy's Decapitation Death

Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeff Henry is already facing second-degree murder and other charges in connection to the August 2016 death of Caleb Schwab.

By Oxygen Staff

The co-owner of a Kansas water park who is accused in the decapitation death of a 10-year-old boy has been charged with drug possession and hiring someone for sex.

The Johnson County District Attorney charged Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeff Henry on Oct. 23 with one count of felony possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia, and two misdemeanor counts of buying sex and illegal possession of the anti-anxiety medication Xanax, according to the Kansas City Star.

Henry surrendered to authorities in Kansas on Monday and was released on $100,000 bond, the Star reports, adding that his first appearance in Johnson County will be on Nov. 7.

Henry's defense attorney, Carl Cornwell, hasn't returned a phone call from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Henry is already facing second-degree murder and other charges in the August 2016 death of Caleb Schwab. He was arrested back in March.

He is accused of rushing into service the 17-story Verruckt waterslide — which was billed as the world's largest — that Schwab was riding when he was killed.

When it was open, it used rafts that made the drop at speeds of up to 70 mph, followed by a surge over the hump and a 50-foot descent to a finishing pool. Schwab was in a raft that went airborne and slammed him into a metal pole that supported a net meant to keep riders from flying off the slide.

Deconstruction of the slide began Tuesday.

Henry is among several people charged in the tragedy.

Earlier this month, two of the water park’s workers, David Hughes and John Zalsman, were found not guilty of obstruction of justice.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

[Photo Credit: Johnson County Sheriff's Office via AP]

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