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An information technology consultant whose San Jose home was found rigged with hidden cameras to videotape young girls was convicted Tuesday of child pornography and molestation charges, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. John Zeno Moore, 40, faces more than 180 years in prison when he is sentenced on Aug. 31 following the end of his 10-day trial, according to the district attorney’s office.
The cameras in Moore’s home were accidentally discovered when a mother and her two young daughters subleased rooms at Moore’s house in April 2010. One night when the power went out the mother’s estranged husband came to help his family during the outage. While shining a flashlight in the bathroom the husband discovered a small security camera hidden in an empty light fixture.
While the subletters were testing if the camera was working they found a second camera installed in the cable box of the bedroom.After obtaining a warrant, police searched the home and Moore’s computers and hard drive and found 300 child pornography videos and stills. Included in their discovery was a 45-second video of Moore stripping and posing a friend’s 2-year-old daughter, whom he had volunteered to babysit.
Investigators also found 199 videos of a previous tenant’s teenage daughter. Another video was of an infant girl while others recorded young girls sleeping, undressing, bathing and going to the bathroom. Moore allegedly told authorities the infant girl’s video was an entry for an E*Trade baby commercial contest. When police went to arrest Moore, he could not be found.
Based on phone records, San Jose police Detective Russell Chubon was able to trace Moore to a female friend’s home in the Seattle suburbs in October 2010. Chubon was in the Pacific Northwest at a child sexual exploitation conference and was able to take a side trip to track down Moore. As part of his investigation, Chubon found three other girls Moore had molested in past years, according to the district attorney’s office.
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