Plumber Kenner Charged With Taking Obscene Photos Of Customers Arrested On New Charges | Crime / Police
A Kenner plumber arrested in February on charges he secretly took obscene photos and videos of female clients was back behind bars this week after investigators identified other victims, authorities said.
Carlton Smith, who goes by the nickname “Woody,” has been transferred on new charges from the Kenner Police Department and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, according to arrest records.
Kenner’s detectives accused him on June 18 of being a voyeur, voyeurism and video voyeurism, said Lt. Michael Cunningham, a spokesperson for the police department. Smith was released the next day on $ 16,000 bail.
Sheriff’s office detectives arrested him on Wednesday and sentenced him to seven counts of video voyeurism, said Captain Jason Rivarde, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office.
All of the new charges stem from Kenner’s police investigation, which began in October 2020 after the department received an anonymous complaint. Detectives determined that Smith videotaped and took photos of clients in skirt while doing plumbing work, Cunningham said.
Gary Brown, who admitted to having smoked crack before the incident, was upset because it was Father’s Day and he was not a father, Kenner police said.
Smith allegedly pressed “record” on his cell phone’s video function and placed the device in a strategic location. He then called the woman to ask questions or explain the plumbing problem, authorities said.
In other cases, the phone recorded as the women leaned forward facing the other direction.
After Kenner detectives identified two victims, Smith was first arrested on February 10 and sentenced to four counts of video voyeurism. But there were at least 15 other unidentified women seen in footage of Smith’s phone, police said.
Two victims have been identified, but police are still trying to locate an additional 15 women who appear in videos allegedly recorded by Carlton Smith, police said.
Kenner detectives linked Smith to an alleged Peeping Tom incident in November 2019 in which a Kenner resident reported that his home surveillance camera recorded an unidentified man peering through the windows of his residence. The detective realized that the voyeur looked like Smith, authorities said.
When the detective met the resident and his wife, the couple revealed that Smith had done plumbing work at their house a few months before, Cunningham said. Additionally, the detective also realized that the resident’s wife was featured in two of Smith’s phone videos, police said.
“The victim views both videos and identifies himself,” Cunningham said.
As Kenner’s detectives continued to identify more women from the footage, they alerted detectives in the Sheriff’s Office to a potential victim in Metairie.
Sheriff’s office detectives have determined the identity of the woman in the Metairie case, a plumbing client of Smith, according to Rivarde.
The photos were taken without the woman’s consent between August and September 2019, he said. The sheriff’s office’s seven counts of video voyeurism relate to Metairie’s lone victim, Rivarde said. No further details were available.
The case is under investigation and additional costs are possible, authorities said.
Smith was being held at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on Thursday in lieu of $ 35,000 bail.