KTVE/KARD Tracks Down Accused McAllister Video Leakers

MONROE -- The leaked video of Congressman Vance McAllister kissing reported staffer Melissa Peacock, not his wife, was taken from security camera footage inside his congressional office and leaked to the local newspaper, the Ouachita Citizen.
The owner of McAllister's congressional office space, Bill Land, wants everyone to know he's not the one who leaked it.

"I'm concerned about negative publicity, obviously. We didn't have anything to do with it," he said.

Land said the system of half a dozen cameras was installed in 2012 at the request of Washington, D.C. as a security measure after the 2011 shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona.
Land, who according to the Federal Election Commission contributed $2,600 to McAllister's opponent, Senator Neil Riser, during last fall's run-off election for Congress, said he has no vendetta against McAllister.

"We've made political contributions for a long time. I support Vance and I have supported Vance financially," Land said.

Land also said only three people have keys to the security camera feed room.

"The video equipment is in a locked closet and the only people that have a key to the closet or access to the closet are the Congressman's manager, myself and an employee here," he said.

The Congressman's office manager is Leah Gordon and that employee is Lance Hilton.

Hilton said only he and Gordon know the code to the camera feed's digital video recorder.

"I tend to be the one that knows how to work things. He never needed a reason to know the code because we have no reason to ever go look at it unless there were a break-in or something," said Hilton.

Hilton said he had no knowledge of the video.
Gordon's name has been brought up before.
Pastor Danny Chance of Christian Life Church in West Monroe said she had the footage on a zip drive.

"Asked us for the code and asked us to show her how to use it several times on many occasions for different things, suspecting theft or various little things like that," said Hilton.

In a statement released by McAllister's office on Tuesday, Gordon denies leaking the video.

KTVE/KARD traveled to Gordon's home to try to get her side of the story.

Once we arrived, we were told to pack up and leave. When we knocked on the door, we were told this:

"I'm not opening the door. Go away." said a woman inside the home.

"Is that Leah Gordon?" Nick Lawton, KTVE/KARD, asked.

"No," the woman replied.

"We're just trying to give someone a chance to defend themselves," Lawton said.

"Go away," the woman said.

Now, both Land and Hilton want an investigation.

"We'd be happy to have any kind of investigation done, take polygraph tests, just whatever we can do to clear our name," said Land.

"I'm more than happy to take a polygraph, lie detector, any interviews or whatever it takes to get to the bottom of it," Hilton said.

The FBI office in New Orleans told KTVE/KARD the video does not break federal laws, but the way it was obtained might, but they need McAllister's request.

FBI Media and Public Affairs Specialist Mary Beth Romig released this statement to KTVE/KARD:

"Whether he or she perceives themselves to be a victim can go the the resident aqgency in Monroe and file a report and then we would gather whatever evidence they have and consider the merits of an investigation."

So far, McAllister's office released a statement saying they will not seek an FBI investigation.

KTVE/KARD asked the same question to Monroe Police to see if they would ever investigate. They said before they do anything, they would need a formal request from either McAllister or Melissa Peacock, both the people in the video, before they can start an investigation and only if the video presents a violation of the law.

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