A former licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer at Warren F. Toler Funeral Home in Irvine was arrested after he allegedly took and used sexual photos of multiple victims, and published them for profit online.
Brandon Gabbard is now facing 75 counts of Distribution of Sexually Explicit Images Without Consent and 12 of Video Voyerism.
According to the citation, from December 1st through January 23rd, Gabbard intentionally distributed pornographic material without consent to pornographic websites from the victims.
Police report that Gabbard took both pictures and video of multiple victims, and posted them to sites without their knowing. One of the victims said that some of the pictures and video were taken by herself, but that she never authorized his distribution of them.
One of the victims provided police with direct messages from Gabbard, as she had seen her pictures on the same website and username as the other victim’s.
The citation continues that after a search of his residence, Gabbard allegedly admitted to posting the erotic material, and stated that he used his phone to capture images of one of the victims without their knowledge.
Gabbard also allegedly told police that he would “gain points” on the website by posting, and wanted to gain viewership and make him popular on the site. The citation adds that Gabbard was already in civil litigation for charges against one of the aforementioned victims, and has criminal charges pending from beforehand.
Fellow former employees report that Gabbard had quit the funeral home the night that the home was searched, and his electronic devices were seized.
Both charges are Class D Felonies, and Gabbard is charged with 75 counts of Distribution of Sexually Explicit Images Without Consent and 12 of Video Voyerism.
He was lodged in Three Forks Regional Detention Center, but has since been released on bond.
KSP issued this press release, and say that the investigation is ongoing:
The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post, has charged an Estill County man with multiple sexual related offenses as the result of an ongoing investigation.
KSP Post 7 was contacted on Thursday, January 16, 2020, and notified that someone allegedly uploaded explicit images and videos of two women to the internet without their consent.
As a result of the initial investigation, Brandon Gabbard, 33 years old of Irvine, KY, was arrested on Friday, January 31st, and lodged in Three Forks Regional Jail, charged with 75 counts of Distribution of Sexually Explicit Images Without Consent For Profit, and 12 counts of Video Voyeurism.