Roy teen booked on 36 felony counts of exploitation of minor

Justin Lee Moore. Photo: Weber County

ROY, Utah, May 10, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A Roy teenager was booked on three dozen felony counts of exploitation of a minor after local authorities were contacted about the alleged abuse of a Wisconsin preteen.

Justin Lee Moore, 19, was taken into custody Monday and booked on 36 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, a second-degree felony.

The investigation for the Weber County Sheriff’s Office began on April 17 of this year when the department was contacted by an investigator from the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, located in Green Bay, Wis.

The probable cause statement says Wisconsin officials were first contacted by a concerned mother nearly a month earlier.

“… on March 18, 2019 the Brown’s County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by an adult female complainant who wanted to report that her twelve-year-old son (referred to for the remainder of this statement as, “G.G.”) had been enticed into sending extremely sexually explicit photographs and/or videos to an unidentified male who G.G. had befriended via online video gaming.

“This was accomplished by offering $100 in game purchase for G.G.,” the WCSO statement says. “It was determined that several explicit photographs and/or videos were exchanged between ‘GG’ and the unidentified male.”

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The communication had been through a cellphone, and officials subpoenaed the provider for information on the unidentified male. Provided data led investigators to the Roy home of Moore, who has an employer in Layton.

Moore was contacted through his employer, and agreed to talk to investigators, the statement says, adding that he “… confessed to contacting and sharing/receiving explicit material from G.G. and sending him money via the gaming system. Justin MOORE added that his cellular telephone was used in the communication(s) with G.G. and that the phone has sexual images of G.G.”

The seized cellphone, searched after a warrant was obtained, was found to contain “… 13 sexually explicit photographs and 21 sexually explicit photographs of G.G.”

A warrant served on Moore’s Google account turned up “two sexually explicit videos of unidentified male children were saved on Justin Moore’s Google account,” the statement says.

Moore is being held in the Weber County Jail with bail set at $360,000.

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