Bruce Molzan, the Houston chef and owner of Ruggles Black, is once again mired in legal trouble, although this time the allegations are far more troubling than the minor scandal that erupted last year over questions of where Molzan was getting his seafood.
Last Tuesday, Molzan was charged with two counts of indecency with a child, according to Harris County court documents. The self-described "King of Paleo," who was arrested Wednesday and posted two $10,000 bonds Thursday, is expected to appear in court this week.
This is not Molzan’s first encounter with the Harris County legal system. Last year, after a two-year investigation by Texas Parks & Wildlife, Molzan was accused of operating an illegal seafood network in Houston. According to TPW, this network was highly profitable, netting over $400,000, and might have been the largest of its kind in Texas history. Molzan received more than 200 Class C misdemeanor citations (which come with a fine of up to $500 but no jail time) .
Molzan’s lawyer, Joel Androphy, insists that the latest accusations are really about visitation and child-custody matters involving Molzan after his divorce. (Molzan started the first Ruggles Grill in Montrose in the 1980s with his then-wife Susan Molzan, and the organization they created came apart when they divorced.) In a statement provided to ABC13, Androphy said, “There won't be an indictment and the charges will be dismissed. Family court is a cesspool for these types of allegations."
Molzan is the founder of Ruggles Grill, Ruggles Green (which he sold in October 2016), Ruggles Black, 5115, and Ruggles at the Ballpark, and the creator of Corner Table. We’ll update this story as we learn more.