Metro-East News

Lebanon man accused of taking photos of day care children while wife was asleep

An investigation was launched last year when two young girls said a 44-year-old Lebanon man had taken photos of their genitals while they were at a home day care in early September 2017, according to police documents.

Scott A. Ennor was charged Wednesday after a monthslong investigation into the girls' allegations.

Around the same time, the Department of Children and Family Services received a complaint about the day care, run by Ennor's wife. A child protection investigation was opened within 24 hours, according to DCFS communications.

Initially, the center was not allowed to operate. Then the protective plan was amended to allow operation from only 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and only as long as the alleged perpetrator wasn't on the premises. DCFS has monitored the center, which has been in compliance at every visit, according to DCFS communications. The DCFS investigation was still pending.

According to an affidavit from Lebanon Officer Kurt Schmulbach, this is how the case unfolded:

Shortly after coming home from the day care, a 4-year-old girl was looking through photos on her mother's cell phone when she told her mother "Mr. Scott took pictures of my potty."

A 5-year-old girl then separately disclosed a similar story, the affidavit stated.

It was then reported to police by parents that the man took pictures of the two without any underwear on.

In a child advocacy interview four days later, the girls told authorities that Ennor's wife, Tiffany H. Crowell-Ennor, was asleep in another room when Ennor took pictures of them on a couch, according to the affidavit.

In an initial interview with police, Ennor said at no time was he alone with the two girls that day, nor did he take any photos. However, on a different day he voluntarily came to the police department to amend his interview, the affidavit stated.

There, he told police he had come downstairs to get tea "on that Saturday night in question" and the girls were "on the couch being crazy, doing back bends and pulling down their panties," the affidavit stated.

He told officers that he took two photos of the girls "to show his wife what they were doing, but that, seconds later, he deleted the photos."

Schmulbach's affidavit was filed of an application for a search warrant for Ennor's cell phone. Police took the phone as evidence on Sept. 22.

Ennor is facing two charges of producing child pornography and one charge of possessing child pornography. If convicted, Ennor faces a sentence of six to 30 years in prison for each charge of producing child pornography.

Dana Rieck: 618-239-2642, @ByDanaRieck

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