Traveling preacher charged with spying on 13 women in DeSoto Co. - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Traveling preacher charged with spying on 13 women in DeSoto Co.

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(WMC-TV) - Sammy Nuckolls, a traveling preacher from Olive Branch accused of filming women while they undressed, was officially indicted by a DeSoto County grand jury Thursday.

"At this point in time, it's a 13-count indictment, one for each victim," said DeSoto County Assistant District Attorney Steve Jubera.

According to the indictment, Nuckolls secretly videotaped 13 women without their permission while they undressed in the bathroom.  Some instances date back to June 1, 2007.

"These places are private," said Jubera.  "Our privacy makes us human.  Looking at someone in a place that they expect to be private really strips away part of their humanity."

The indictment came down February 14, but Action News 5 was not aware of it until an anonymous tipster e-mailed the newsroom.

The prosecutor had hoped to tell all the victims about the indictment face-to-face before it hit the news, which proved impossible due to the number of victims.

There are 13 victims in DeSoto County alone.  Nuckolls faces similar accusations in Waldron and Gosnell, Arkansas.  Investigators there also found video of unaware women undressing stored on a hidden spy pen.

Nuckolls remains free on the original $10,000 bond he posted months ago.  If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison on each count.

Nuckolls is due in court May 31.

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