A Tulsa man who was scheduled to plead guilty Tuesday for a series of sex offenses and ‘Peeping Tom’ incidents now faces an additional sex offense charge, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. The plea hearing was delayed in light of the new charge.
Jesse Thomas Moore was newly charged by criminal complaint with coercion and enticement and today made an initial appearance in federal court.
While in federal custody, Moore is alleged to have routinely accessed the program “JailATM” by means of a stationary kiosk or portable smart pad in order to video chat or message with a minor female whom he referred to as his girlfriend. The defendant has been in custody awaiting prosecution for previously charged sex offenses.
The Complaint outlines more than ten conversations between the defendant and minor that occurred from Aug. 1, 2021, to Aug. 19, 2021. During the conversations, Moore repeatedly pressured the minor for sexually explicit video and images of herself or tried to coerce the minor to engage in sexually explicit behavior while the two video chatted. The minor attempted to send some pre-recorded videos. Moore received at least one video while others were auto rejected by the system. Moore repeatedly told the minor to figure out how to send the videos differently, like she did before, so they would not be rejected. During one video chat, Moore was able to convince the minor to engage in sexually explicit behavior.
Moore was previously indicted for other sex crimes in February 2021, including lewd acts with a child under 16 in Indian Country (Count 1); burglary in the first degree in Indian Country (Counts 2, 3, 5); and attempted sexual abuse by threat in Indian Country (Count 4).
Court documents alleged that Moore broke into a home on May 6, 2020, and ejaculated on and near the victim who was younger than 16 years of age. Moore also allegedly broke into a different residence through a back door on Nov. 8, 2020. When Moore entered the home, he was confronted by a 12-year-old who yelled for his mother. Moore then exited the residence. On Dec. 13, 2020, the defendant also attempted to sexually assault a female victim after he broke into her residence. Moore entered the victim’s room and demanded she “get the f**k up and don’t say anything or I’ll f**king kill you.” Then he led the victim to the living room where he allegedly covered her mouth and attempted to sexually assault her. The victim bit Moore’s hand and screamed. Moore then exited the residence.
The crimes occurred following multiple Peeping Tom incidents conducted by Moore.
This matter will proceed in U.S. District Court in Tulsa, where the Complaint is currently pending. A Complaint is a temporary charge alleging a violation of law. For the case to proceed to trial, the United States must present the charge to a federal Grand Jury within 30 days. Once a Grand Jury returns an Indictment, a defendant has a right to a jury trial at which the United States would have the burden of proving the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The FBI and Tulsa Police Department are the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel-lyn McCormick is prosecuting the case.
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