NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A 54-year-old man is accused of filming young girls at St. Chatherine of Siena’s school fair Friday night (Oct. 19) that he allegedly planned to use for “lewd purposes,” according to our partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.
Gideon Lebreton, of Old Metairie, was arrested and booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna with video voyeurism charges Saturday afternoon. He was released on a $20,000 bond the next day, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune reported.
A witness spotted Lebreton using his cellphone to record videos of young girls walking around the festival grounds at the school’s campus on Codifer Boulevard Friday night, JPSO spokesman Capt. Jason Rivarde told NOLA.com. The witness reported the suspicious activity to a deputy working security for the event, who made contact with Lebreton, but decided to follow-up on the incident the next day.
When investigators looked at Lebreton’s cellphone, they found a number of videos he had taken of juvenile girls, NOLA.com reported. Although the images themselves were not explicit, Rivarde told NOLA.com there were, “notes attached to the photos or on the photos talking about the inappropriate actions he’d like to take with the children.”
According to NOLA.com, Lebreton was neither an employee or a volunteer at St. Catherine’s Festival. Father Tim Hendrick sent home a letter to parents about the incident on Tuesday, the first day school was in session following a break Monday for fair clean-up, NOLA.com reported. In the letter, Hendrick thanked the “several parents” who alerted officials about Lebreton’s behavior, calling it an “important reminder of our need to be vigilant at all times.”