David Moe, preschool teacher who kept hugs journal: Limited indictments

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Update: Earlier this month, we told you about the strange case of David Moe, a veteran teacher at Paddington School whose bust on child pornography charges was seemingly echoed by word that he kept an 800-page journal outlining his creepy fascination with very young children; see our original coverage below. But a grand jury's indictments against Moe don't include accusations that he either molested any children or produced child porn starring them.

Moe, who worked at Paddington for eighteen years, reportedly had pages of his journal squirreled away in pretty much every nook and cranny of his home -- those that weren't already filled with DVDs and CDs featuring objectionable images of children, that is.

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An illustration of the school from its Facebook page.
Moreover, many of the entries appear to have sexualized the youngsters. The Denver Post quotes one that described a girl as "hot and cold," and added, "We'll see how hot she is if anything good. She may just be a stick in the mud."

These kinds of statements suggest behavior known as grooming -- essentially targeting and drawing in children for sexual exploitation and assault. But the three-count indictment on view below isn't based on such actions. Rather, Moe is accused of knowingly distributing and attempting to distribute child pornography between April 28 and July 24 of this year; knowingly receiving and attempting to receive child pornography between May 13 and May 15; and possessing material that contained child pornography shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce, including by computer.

These are very serious crimes. Conviction on the first offense brings with it a possible federal prison jolt of between five and twenty years and a $250,000 fine, with the same potential punishment for the second count, and up to ten years imprisonment for the third violation. But had he actually molested any of the children, or taken pornographic photos of them, the sentencing ceiling would have been much higher.

Can't imagine the limited nature of the indictments makes parents at Paddington feel any better. Indeed, the Post's most recent article about Moe explores the question of liability for the school should parents sue the facility for employing such a person for so long.

Of course, negligence may be difficult to prove, even if (update) the question of whether the school was aware of Moe's predilections remains in dispute. (The same is true of reports that Moe had been quizzed but not charged about inappropriate contact with a child a decade ago.) But lawsuits aren't beyond the realm of possibility in a case as unnerving as this one. Here are the indictments.

David Moe Indictment

Continue reading to see our earlier coverage of the David Moe case.



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14 comments
DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

He should have enrolled in the Seminary -- pun intended -- for Catholic Priests. That way he could have squeezed another 10 or 20 years out of his penchant for children before being called to task for it.

captaincoconut
captaincoconut

No one in the media has mentioned that the feds knew about this guy for nearly a year while he continued his "work".  This is from the arrest affadavit:

On July 8, 2011, 2012, HSI SAC San Diego SA Eric Sajo sent a DHS Summons to Comcast Cable Communications for subscriber records pertaining information for IP address 174.51.44.108 on 01/16/2011 at 17:01:52-0600 CST. On August 1, 2011, HSI SAC San Diego SA Eric Sajo sent a DHS Summons to Comcast Cable Communications for subscriber information for IP address 174.51.44.108 from 03/28/2011 to 03/30/2011.  Comcast records identified customer David Moe was assigned the IP address 174.51.44.108

SAD!!!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Sounds like another John Mark Karr in the making ...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @captaincoconut Yeah ... that pesky U$ Constitution with its arbitrary standards of Due Process, Probable Cause, etc can be such an obstacle some times.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @redrock435 Let's call him an alleged nasty creep. Thanks for the post, RedRock.

captaincoconut
captaincoconut

 @DonkeyHotay  @captaincoconut Whoa, mule.... save the smarmy 7th grade civics lesson for the next TSA agent that wants to feel you up and steal your kiddie's juice box.  I just thought that maybe the arrest warrant (1st step in yer Due Process) could have come sooner.

 

captaincoconut
captaincoconut

 @DonkeyHotay  @captaincoconut Ok then, more from the affadavit: (try reading it sometime)

19. On June 14, 2012, your Affiant contacted the Colorado Division of Labor and Employment and requested a wage report from December 2010 to the present for the Social Security Number (SSN) associated with Moe.  Wages for the SSN were reported at Paddington Station, 1301 Quebec Street, Denver, Colorado 80220. 

25. A federal search warrant was obtained for the residence at 8034 East Fairmount Drive, Denver, Colorado 80230 and was executed on July 24, 2012.  Upon entry, Mr. Moe was found alone in the home. 

 

Item #19 above could have been done much sooner- the only point I've been trying to make.

 

Gotta get back to watching teevee and blowing my nose with the Constitution now.

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @captaincoconut Your Junior High School was "smarmy" ?

 

HipTip -- the 1st due process step is obtaining Probable Cause to support the Arrest Warrant.

 

Real world crime fighting isn't quantified into a one hour episode, with 3-minute commercial breaks.

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