Third Schlitterbahn Executive Arrested in Water Slide Death

A third Schlitterbahn executive has been arrested on criminal charges relating to the decapitation of a ten year old boy on the Verruckt water slide in Kansas in 2016, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

John Schooley, 72, was met by U.S. Marshals as he got off a plane from China at D/FW International Airport, according to a Department of Justice statement.

Schooley was taken into custody on a warrant out of Wyandotte County Kansas that accuses him of, among other felonies, Second Degree Murder.

Schooley was a designer of the Verruckt, which was touted as the tallest water slide in the world when it opened at the Schlitterbahn park outside Kansas City.

Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeff Henry was arrested on similar charges last month.

Schooley was in China designing another water slide, and he was out of the country when the indictment was handed up.

Schooley faces up to 41 years in prison if convicted on all charges, according to the statement.

The indictment alleges that Schooley and Henry ignored accepted safety standards for water ride construction in their haste to build the Verruckt for, among other reasons, impressing the producers of the reality TV show 'Xtreme Waterparks.'

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