Pastor Guilty Of Taping Women Without Knowledge
(DeSoto County, MS) A man-of-the cloth ordained to show people a better life, will spend the next ten years behind bars for a sex crime.
Olive Branch minister, Sammy Nuckolls, was found guilty on 13 counts of video voyeurism.
Nuckolls’ victims referred to his filming, that spanned from 2006 to 2011, as video rape.
Because video voyeurism is considered a sex crime, News Channel 3 was not allowed to roll our cameras in court while victims were testifying.
The victims all watched video of Nuckolls candidly setting up a camera in his Olive Branch bathroom.
One woman, who was captured on that camera said, “Those eyes haunted me. I couldn’t be by myself. I thought those eyes were following me. It was so real to me.”
Another victim was captured on Nuckolls’ camera twice, while she was pregnant.
On the stand her husband said, “The thought of me and my wife being pregnant again, brings back sick and twisted memories of his criminal intentions.”
All the victims who were captured on camera said they knew Nuckolls for years, and considered him a close friend.
Nuckolls’ attorney, Ronald Michael, said the minister is sorry for what he has done, “My seeing Sammy, my being around Sammy, I saw someone who got caught up in lust. It overpowered him.”
The judge could not believe that Nuckolls was not mentally ill.
He also ordered the preacher get a psychiatric evaluation.
That could possibly change Nuckolls sentence of ten years without the possibility of parole and nearly $85,000 in fines.
The preacher’s defense has not decided if they will appeal the judge’s ruling.
Nuckolls has already been convicted of video voyeurism in Arkansas and faces charges in Texas.