August 07, 2018

Video Voyeurism is Just One of Many Charges Against Ex-Fireman

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of James A. Vining (42) of Ponchatoula. Vining, who was a volunteer fireman with the 8th Ward Fire Department, has been charged with multiple counts of video voyeurism, child pornography, malfeasance in office, and several drug and firearm offenses.

During the investigation that began May 18, 2018, it was determined that before a Halloween Party in October of 2017, Vining gained access to the 8th Ward Firehouse to secretly hide a camera in the women's bathroom. The investigation also revealed that on several occasions, Vining hid cameras in his own residence to capture unsuspecting visitors and friends. 

A search warrant executed at Vining's Pontchatoula residence on July 23, 2018,  located illegal narcotics and several firearms.

Vining  has been charged with video voyeurism (18 counts), pornography involving a juvenile, possession of CDS I (marijuana), possession of CDSII (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a firearm while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

The investigation into Vining's heinous activity is on-going.  Sheriff Edwards commends Fire Chief Ira Brown and members of the 8th Ward Fire Department for their full support and cooperation during the investigation.   Their partnership and efforts directly contributed to the success of the investigation.

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