Man faces video voyeurism charges

The following is a News Release from the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office:

Sheriff Sam Craft with the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office announces the arrest of Steven Boyd Smith, age 40, of Anacoco, Louisiana.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office received a report on November 5th 2011 from two female individuals who alleged that they were at the Smith residence on November 4th 2011 and discovered a cellular telephone hidden in the restroom at the residence.

Both females advised that they examined the cellular phone and found that the video recorder was operating while they were in the restroom.

Additionally one of the initial complainants advised that on a prior occasion approximately one week earlier she observed the cellular telephone in the bathroom but thought it may have been left in the room accidentally.  The complainant stated that on this occasion she examined the cell phone and found the video recorder was operational and recording.

Both victims stated that the cellular phone was placed behind a bottle on the side of the tub with a wash cloth covering everything but the camera lenses.

Through further investigation it was learned that numerous persons under the age of 21 were at the residence at the time and were provided with alcoholic beverages by Smith.

Further investigation into the allegations did lead to the arrest of Smith on three counts of Video Voyeurism, three counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile, three counts of Unlawful purchase of alcoholic beverages on behalf of persons under the age of 21.  Total bond was set on the charges in the amount of $ 84,000.00.  Smith posted bond at the time of this release.