A local man that was the reported caretaker of a Fort Myers Beach vacation rental property linked to video voyeurism back in late March is now under local custody and awaiting arraignment.
Fort Myers resident Robert McDuffie Moore, 53, has been booked into the Lee County Jail to face nine preliminary charges related to a case that involves an intentional use of an imaging device to secretly view people without their knowledge and consent. He is being held without bond. The trial is scheduled for June 9, 2014.
Moore, who was the caretaker at 1910 Bayview Dr. after being the general contractor of the building, has been booked for eight counts of sexual offense and one count of obscene material possession. The felony record involves seven counts of second degree felony video voyeurism (juvenile victims), one count of third degree felony video voyeurism (adult victim) and one count of third degree felony child pornography.
Samantha Syoen, communications director for the Florida state attorney's office, said final charges are at least one month away.
"We have been working with law enforcement for some time. We are the ones that approved the warrants that was based on the preliminary information," she said. "The charges you see now are just the preliminary charges. Once we get all the investigative information from law enforcement, we will be able to process it and see what final charges should be entertained."
Moore, listed as 6'2", 200 lbs, was arrested on May 6 after Lee County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Warrants Unit and the U.S. Marshal's Task Force coordinated to find him. He was located in Orange County after being tracked to his daughter's home and taken into custody without incident on May 2.
Moore, who co-owns Woodwind Contracting Inc. with a family member, was expedited to Lee County on May 13.
According to the police report, the Lee County Sheriff's Office received a call about a suspicious item found at the Beach rental home on March 25 by a family vacationing from Indiana. Deputies responded and completed a report. Due to the nature of the incident, detectives with the Sheriff's Office Special Victim's Unit were assigned to investigate.
Police records further state one of the 15 members of the unnamed Indiana family renting the vacation house told deputies an alarm clock-radio was discovered with a pin-hole camera. An SD card was also found inside the altered clock-radio. The renters related that Moore was the caretaker for the residence, and they found it suspicious he would show up daily, often unannounced and while they were not present. He also reportedly asked where each occupant slept; locked himself in an upstairs bedroom at one point; and had been seen moving the alarm clock-radio in question.
A search warrant was obtained and several similar video recording devices were found in the rental residence, officials said. Additionally, a delivery came to the rental address in Moore's name which contained new recording devices. As detectives investigated further, numerous SD cards were found in the suspect's vehicle and his home at 5837 Riverside Lane.
Investigators said more than 4,000 video clips were recovered from the cards with recordings of juveniles and adults. The content of the videos included the victims changing clothes, having sexual relations, showering, sleeping and more.
The video evidence recovered spanned slightly over a month, Feb. 22 to the date of the discovery on March 25. A total of 38 potential victims have been identified and contacted. All victims reside out-of-state. The police report also states Moore owns a rental property at 155 Hibiscus Dr., but does not mention investigation into that property.
Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott called the incident a "betrayal of trust" prior to Moore's expedition to Fort Myers. The cameras have turned on Moore, who is now under surveillance in Lee County.
"People have an expectation of privacy when they come into a situation, in this case a temporary home, and they certainly do not expect to be videoed," Scott said at the time. "The evidence is pretty compelling. I think it will bring some sense of closure. I think we took it pretty seriously and didn't waste any time putting the hammer down on this guy."