Monday, October 31, 2011

Olive Branch Southern Baptist Evangelist Charged with Video Voyeurism

On Twitter Sammy Nuckolls listed his occupation as "itinerant pastor." Perhaps "professional peeping Tom" would have been more appropriate.

Now his Twitter account is gone... GONE!, just like all references to him on Lifeway's FUGE blog. (Articles on Nuckolls from 2-1-11 and 10-10-11 are still visible in Google Reader.) No public statement by Lifeway, just a clean sweep, much like we saw last year when Ergun Caner was caught... embellishing.

Last week Nuckolls was taken into custody by the Gosnell, Arkansas police after a woman whose family's home in which he was a guest while he conducted a revival at a local church discovered Nuckolls had used a "spy pen" to videotape her in her own bathroom. She retrieved the pen and turned it over to the police who questioned Nuckolls and transported him to the Mississippi County jail where he was booked on charges of video voyeurism. According to the Blytheville Courier News Nuckolls confessed to the crime in Gosnell and also admitted doing the same thing to two women in Mississippi. He was released on $50,000 bond. And continued to Twitter as if he didn't have a care in the world.

Today we learned that police confiscated his computers and video equipment and discovered videos of an unknown number of other women "dating back years" and that investigators are "still sifting through it all."

More Victims of Accused Olive Branch 'Peeping Preacher' Surface:

Olive Branch, MS police arrested Nuckolls at his home Saturday, charging him with one felony count of "photographing, taping, or filming persons in violation of expectation of privacy." He was later released on $10,000 bond.

Related articles:

WMC-TV >> Olive Branch evangelist charged with video voyeurism

WMC-TV >> Olive Branch police charge evangelist with voyeurism

WMC-TV >> Traveling evangelist faces new voyeurism charge in Arkansas

WREG-TV >> Preacher charged with voyeurism

FBC Jax Watchdog >> SBC Lifeway's 2011 Youth Camp Pastor Sammy Nuckolls Arrested for Filming Woman Showering in Her Own Home

Associated Baptist Press >> Evangelist charged with video voyeurism

Wade Burleson >> On Glass Windows and Curtains: The Psychology of Withdrawing from Public View


Topix >> Blytheville Forum >> Sammy Nuckolls spends night in jail >> Pastors and Porn

Not yet wiped (we saved 'em):

Morph Missions Board of Directors

Williams Baptist College >> Audio Archive >> 11/10/2010

Speaking at Mississippi College

FBC Jax Watchdog asks the glaring question:

FBC Jax Watchdog >> Video Voyeurism of Sammy Nuckolls - Were There Any Victims at Lifeway's FUGE Camps?


WMC-TV >> Accused voyeur evangelist faces judge in Olive Branch

WMC-TV >> Evangelist charged with voyeurism could face even more charges

One question I have is why, if he just had to look at naked women besides his wife, he didn't do what at least 50% of his peers do and just go to the internet? Why did he feel the need to make his own videos? For the thrill of it? To humiliate his victims? I'm not sure I want to know.


FBC Jax Watchdog said...

Good point, the comparison of wiping off a record of Sammy's posts, with how some wiped away a record of the lies and distortions of Ergun Caner.

New BBC Open Forum said...

WMC-TV >> Accused voyeur evangelist faces judge in Olive Branch

He pleaded not guilty? After confessing to police that he did it and after investigators found the cold, hard evidence on his computer? What do you say to that? What can you say to that?

Anonymous said...

New BBC Open Forum said...
"What do you say to that? What can you say to that?"

Gave up his religion and got a lawyer.

Anonymous said...

Interesting how pastors and leaders do things that they think is ok, until it becomes public....

Here's a father ( a judge from Texas) disciplining his 16yr old disabled daughter;

Here's a pastor who prods people from the pulpit to do it

How to Deal with Rebelious Kids by Steve Gaines

Your a Tyrant, No I'm a Daddy by Steve Gaines

Anonymous said...

Just as a note, in cases like this, particularly felony cases, suspects aren't usually allowed to plead guilty at the initial hearing. They do that at a later date, after their lawyer has had time to get a plea deal.

New BBC Open Forum said...

Interesting. Why do you think a guilty plea was allowed in this case at this stage?

Anonymous said...

He didn't plead guilty, he pled not guilty. At this point, they are likely taking the case before the grand jury. After the grand jury indicts him(and frankly, a grand jury would indict a ham sandwich), then the case will enter the phase where the lawyers will start looking for a plea if possible, and going through the evidence for trial preparations. I'm not sure which state will try Sammy first, but if he is found guilty, the next state will probably wait until after he has served his sentence to try him on the charges in their city/state. That's my understanding of what will happen, it's usually what happens in these cases where you've got crimes across state lines.

New BBC Open Forum said...

Duh. Disregard my question. It's been a long day. Thanks.