NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- A 33-year—old evangelist who spoke for years at Southern Baptist youth gatherings is being investigated in three states for video voyeurism.
The evangelist, Sammy Nuckolls, was indicted in February in Mississippi on 13 counts of video voyeurism for filming women in private situations without their consent. Each count carries a maximum sentence of five years and will require Nuckolls to register as a sex offender. He has pleaded not guilty to the Mississippi charges.
According to sources familiar with Nuckolls' speaking schedule, he was being scheduled by an estimated 100 churches or groups per year.
Among those that have used Nuckolls were LifeWay Christian Resources' student camps, which terminated its relationship with Nuckolls when the charges were revealed last fall.
Evangelist Sammy Nuckolls, who spoke for years at large gatherings of Southern Baptist youth, is being investigated on video voyeurism charges.
Nuckolls originally was hired to serve in the role of a camp pastor from 2003-06. In 2007 his role changed to a contract speaker at general assemblies and large gatherings. LifeWay conducts both reference and criminal background checks for those speaking at student camps, an April 4 statement from LifeWay noted.
"Police investigators in Mississippi have reported to LifeWay there was no evidence victims were filmed at any LifeWay events," LifeWay said in its statement. "However, Mark Kimball, assistant chief of police of the Olive Branch, Mississippi, Police Department, has requested those who may be victims to contact him at (662) 892-9400."
Last October, Nuckolls was staying in the home of a youth minister for a church in Arkansas where he had been invited to speak. After Nuckolls emerged from the family's bathroom, the youth minister's wife went in and eventually noticed several of his items lying around, including his shaving kit, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram April 2.
The woman saw what appeared to be an oversized pen standing upright inside the shaving kit on the counter, and she continued in the bathroom. Later, when the bathroom was unoccupied, Nuckolls returned to retrieve his belongings, the newspaper said, citing a police report.
Once Nuckolls and the youth minister had left the house, the woman found the pen in Nuckolls' room, took the top off and discovered a flash drive. She plugged it into her computer and saw a video of herself undressing, the Star-Telegram said. She called police, and when Nuckolls returned, he was arrested. Read More