Oregon registered sex offender accused of taking upskirt pics of girl at La Center wedding

Photos of Carl Rainey at the couple's La Center wedding in August.

VANCOUVER, Wash. - A registered sex offender who was already convicted of secretly taking pictures of little girls inside a Gresham store was arrested again for allegedly taking more illicit photos at a Clark County wedding.

Carl Rainey faces a charge of first-degree voyeurism.

The victim is the daughter of the bride, Elizabeth. She didn't want us to use her last name to protect her 9-year-old daughter's identity.

During her wedding inside La Center's community hall in August, she says Carl Rainey was spotted taking photos under her daughter's dress.

"She had no idea what was going on. And the guy started walking out the front door," said Elizabeth.

Jerry Wirth, who was recording video for the couple, was among the first to spot the man.

"And that's when I see this man holding his cell phone with the flashlight on," said Wirth, "And his hand with the phone is under a little girl's dress. So I turned around, thinking this can't be happening. You know, we're at a wedding. There's no way this is happening."

According to a probable cause affidavit, after being confronted, Rainey told his brother "I got caught, we need to go."

In the affidavit, Carl Rainey's father told police his son accidentally dropped his cell phone that day and accidentally took multiple pictures under the little girl's skirt when he picked the phone up again.

Elizabeth dashed, in her wedding dress, out to Rainey's car.

"And then I opened the door and all I said was 'give me your phone. Just give me your phone.' Like why? Why would you, why would you do this? And he wouldn't. He just kept saying 'I'm sorry. I'm sorry.' And I'm like 'well then if you're sorry, then give me your phone.' And he just wouldn't ," said Elizabeth.

She says Rainey ran off, followed by his father - a friend of the family who also brought Rainey to the wedding.

Rainey was in court six years ago, pleading guilty to charges of encouraging child sex abuse in incident at a Gresham Fred Meyer store. He worked at the store and was arrested for secretly taking pictures of girls in a clothes changing room.

Rainey was sentenced to 4 months in jail, 5 years' probation, and ordered to register as a sex offender.

Elizabeth says Rainey's father never told anyone about his son's conviction.

"You shouldn't sugarcoat it, and you should just be straight with people. And if you can't, you don't deserve to have family," said Elizabeth.

Rainey's probation in the 2012 case ended in January of 2018.

A Clark County judge ordered Rainey released on his own recognizance until his next court appearance January 22.

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