Crime & Courts

Man who peeped on girl in shower now must peep from prison bars

A 55-year-old man who secretly videotaped a 12-year-old girl while she was in the shower was sentenced to nearly three years in prison last week.

James Ward Moody, 55, of Morganton, was sentenced in Burke County Superior Court after pleading guilty to felony secret peeping and second-degree exploitation of a minor.

James Moody
James Moody Burke County District Attorney’s Office

The victim told sheriff’s officers that when she left the shower, she saw a cell phone set up on a shelf recording her.

Moody demanded the girl return his phone, the Burke County District Attorney’s Office said Monday. He forced her into a bedroom, where she hid as she called her father for help, according to prosecutors.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak