Morganton Man Sentenced After Pleading Guilty To Videoing A Minor In Bathroom

MORGANTON, NC — 56-year-old James Moody was sentenced in court Monday after pleading guilty to felony secret peeping and second-degree exploitation of a minor.

Moody was sentenced to an active prison term of 33 to 100 months following his plea on Tuesday, September 12th.

According to reports, Moody set his cell phone up in the bathroom to record a 12-year-old girl while she was in the shower. The girl told officials she found the phone when she got out of the shower, and Moody demanded it back from her once she discovered it.

According to reports, Moody then forced the girl into a bedroom where she hid and called for help.

Deputies asked Moody to search the home and view the video when they arrived. Officials say Moody consented, and then confessed to placing the phone in the bathroom.

Moody said it was an isolated accidental encounter, but officials say Moody’s phone also contained pornographic movies and still images of naked juveniles having sex with adults.

He was arrested and charged with 1st Degree Exploitation of a Minor, Secret Peeping, and Indecent Liberties with a Minor.