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Voyeurism, child porn suspect not talking about investigation

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Christopher Simmons didn't want to talk about the investigation. Christopher Simmons didn't want to talk about the investigation.
Simmons is accused of secretly taking photos of women in dressing rooms and tanning beds. Simmons is accused of secretly taking photos of women in dressing rooms and tanning beds.
Some of the photos were reportedly taken at Victoria's Secret at Metropolis in Plainfield. Some of the photos were reportedly taken at Victoria's Secret at Metropolis in Plainfield.
PLAINFIELD, Ind. -

A man arrested for voyeurism and child pornography is not talking about the investigation.

Christopher Simmons, 34, is out of jail on bond. He and a female companion spoke to Eyewitness News briefly outside their Camby home, while sitting in their family van.

"Y'all best get off my property right now," Simmons said.

"Do you mind talking to us? We want to get your side of the story," asked Eyewitness News Crimebeat reporter Steve Jefferson.

"Talk to our lawyer," Simmons replied.

The woman who was with Simmons at the time indicated they were having a telephone counseling conversation with their church pastor about the situation.

Earlier this month, Plainfield Police Officer Todd Knowles arrested Simmons after a woman said she caught him taking pictures of her in a Victoria's Secret dressing room at Metropolis Mall.

The woman, whose first name is Britney, but did not want to be fully identified, said she entered the store's dressing room and noticed a cell phone under the fitting room stall while she was fully dressed. She said she came out to confront Simmons and notify others in the store.

"I said, 'Are you kidding me?' And I said, 'This guy is in the dressing room, taking pictures of me'," Britney said. "He said, 'No I am not!'"

Police officers arrived and eventually started questioning Simmons, which sparked an official investigation. Investigators say Simmons' cell phone had other secret photos of women from a Martinsville tanning salon.

One of Simmons' neighbors described a police raid on the suspect's home to collect evidence. Knowles confirmed that they are working with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, since they also reportedly found child pornography on Simmons' cell phone.

"Several men with FBI jackets on and there were three men with FBI bulletproof vests on," McNeely said.

The FBI agents are a part of the ICAC Task Force which confiscated evidence (computers and DVDs) from Simmons' home in February.

Johnathon Carter lives across the street from Simmons. He heard of the accusations while listening to the radio in his pick-up truck. But he didn't know the suspect also lived in his Valley Ridge Subdivision. There is a large playground area and walking trails for kids in Valley Ridge.

"They advertise it as 'kid city,' so you kind of expect a family friendly atmosphere, but I guess you really never know who is living next door," Carter said.

Martinsville investigators are looking into the suspicious pictures allegedly found on Simmons' cell phone of unsuspecting women at a Martinsville tanning salon. The owner is cooperating with investigators to identify any other potential victims who may come to realize they encountered Simmons at the business.

Simmons is scheduled for court in June on the matter. His formal charges so far include two counts of felony voyeurism and one count of possession of child pornography.

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