Gerald William Smelson, 72, is charged with felony secret peeping
NEW HANOVER COUNTY -- A Wilmington Uber driver has been charged with peeping after allegedly videotaping himself having sex with an intoxicated woman he had picked up in his car, authorities say.
Gerald William Smelson, 72, is charged with felony secret peeping in connection with a Jan. 7 incident, according to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer. Smelson was charged on March 2.
Brewer said on the day of the incident, Smelson picked up two 19-year-old women in Wrightsville Beach who had called for an Uber. The women were both heavily intoxicated, Brewer said, and Smelson drove them to their destination.
Upon arrival, one of the women got out of Smelson’s car and went in the house, but the other woman reportedly fell to the ground outside. Brewer said Smelson picked her up, put her back in the car and drove her to his house, where he had sex and oral sex with her. Smelson has since turned over a video of the encounter to the sheriff’s office, Brewer said.
The morning after the alleged encounter, Smelson took the woman home and she went to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Brewer said. Hospital employees contacted the sheriff’s office, which then began an investigation.
Brewer said the woman has refused to press charges against Smelson.
“The reason he’s charged with secret peeping is because he video-ed it all and turned it over to us,” Brewer said. “That’s a charge we can charge without a victim.”
Brewer said the sheriff’s office believes Smelson may have conducted similar alleged behavior with other women. He asked potential victims to contact the sheriff’s office at 910-798-4162 or submit an anonymous tip www.NewHanoverSheriff.com/submit-a-crime-tip. Brewer said he believes Smelson may still be employed by Uber.
Smelson has a court appearance scheduled for March 22, according to court records.