Leroy Junior Moore, 63, was watching child pornography in a car parked in front of a Lowe’s store when an off-duty sheriff's deputy noticed him. The sheriff’s deputy notified Lowe’s employees, who called police.
Moore, of York County, South Carolina, was using Lowe’s free Wi-Fi to download files from the Internet. On May 14, Moore pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a minor, a third degree felony. He was sentenced to six years in prison and must register as a sex offender.
The officer who apprehended Moore wore a body camera, which captured footage of Moore watching the videos. “Because he was equipped with a body camera, this helped us not only in our acquisition of search warrants but ultimately the outcome of the case,” said York Police Detective Lt. Richard Caddell.
Caddell added that cameras are useful during prosecution and can help make the dealings between police officers and civilians easier to review. “It gives us some transparency, so when accusations are made that the officer did a, b, c, and d, it may be just a and b,” Caddell said.
An analysis of one of Moore’s computers uncovered 400 videos and 1,475 images that featured children involved in sexual acts or an explicit state.
Image: York Police Department via WBTV