A Tulsa man who repeatedly broke into homes, attempted to sexually assault two victims, and later solicited a 16-year-old for child pornography was sentenced Wednesday in federal court, announced U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.
U.S. District Judge Claire V. Eagan sentenced Jesse Thomas Moore, 20, to 240 months in federal prison followed by 10 years of supervised release.
Moore previously pleaded guilty to: lewd acts with a child under 16 in Indian Country; three counts of burglary in the first degree in Indian Country; attempted sexual abuse by threat in Indian Country; Coercion and Enticement of a Minor; Attempted Production of Child Pornography; and Attempted Receipt of Child Pornography.
“Jesse Moore broke into homes, attempted to sexually assault two victims, and pressured a minor into sending sexually explicit images of herself to him while he was detained pending court proceedings,” said U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. “The defendant’s alarming criminal acts are that of a sexual predator. It is thanks to the relentless work of Tulsa Police Detectives and Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel-lyn McCormick that Moore can no longer victimize women and children in Tulsa.”
At the sentencing hearing, victims detailed the impact of Moore’s crimes. Each spoke about the continued disruption to their lives in the form of: paranoia of being watched and followed even within their own homes, the compulsion to ensure doors and windows are always locked, fear of people and sounds and other debilitating psychological traumas.
According to court documents, on May 5, 2020, Moore broke into a home on South Florence Avenue where a child was sleeping. Once inside, Moore entered the victim’s room and started to masturbate. He then tried to get the minor to go to the bathroom with him. When the victim resisted, he slung ejaculate toward the victim then left the residence.
On Nov. 8, 2020, he broke into a home on South Urbana Place with intent to commit a lewd act with a child. Shortly after 7:30 p.m., he entered the backyard of the residence and entered the home through the back door. When the child saw Moore, he screamed. Moore then fled the home. The mother of the child told investigators Moore had been in her back yard and looked into her windows at other times starting in October 2020.
On Dec. 13, 2020, Moore also broke into a home on South Evanston Avenue. Once inside, he discovered the victim and a male sleeping in a bedroom. He began touching the victim, causing her to awaken. He then threatened the victim by stating, “Get the f*** up and don’t say anything or I’ll f***ing kill you.” Moore forced the woman to the living room where he attempted to rape her. As Moore covered her mouth, the victim bit his right hand, causing him to let go and flee the scene.
Video obtained by officers showed Moore stepping onto the front porch, unscrewing the porch light then entering the South Evanston residence at 6:36 a.m. Then video showed Moore exiting the residence at 7:18 a.m., after the attempted rape. The crime occurred after multiple “Peeping Tom” incidents earlier in the week at the same residence by Moore.
The defendant was arrested by the Tulsa Police Department and charged for the crimes.
While in custody awaiting trial for charges related to the Peeping Tom incidents, Moore began accessing the program JailATM by means of a stationary kiosk or portable smart pad in order to video chat or message with a 16-year-old female whom he referred to as his girlfriend.
During conversations that occurred from Aug. 1, 2021, to Aug. 19, 2021, Moore repeatedly pressured the minor for sexually explicit video and images of herself and 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. On multiple occasions, Moore 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 convinced the minor to engage in sexually explicit behavior.
The Tulsa Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel-lyn A. McCormick prosecuted the case.