A Texan here in the Army helped seal his fate by sexting a shot of his torso to a 14-year-old girl whose mother caught them having sex.
The girl’s mother had no idea who he was, when she came downstairs after 3 a.m. May 30, 2016, and found 34-year-old Cody Moose engaged in intercourse with her daughter. After a brief exchange, Moose grabbed his pants and ran as she called the police.
Investigators inspecting the girl’s phone found Moose had sent her a neck-down nude photo of himself. Near his waist, his last name was tattooed in letters about 2 inches tall.
Moose claimed the girl told him she was 18, when she responded to an ad he posted on Craigslist, and then invited him to her mother’s home.
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The ad read, “Sunday. Male looking for a female,” Detective Amanda Hogan testified June 10, 2016, during Moose’s preliminary hearing in Columbus Recorder’s Court.
“He answers her and they start talking,” Hogan said. “Straight out the gate, he sends her a picture of his body from the neck down showing complete nudity.”
When police arrested him June 8, 2016, they told him he would be charged with child molestation. That upset him, Hogan said.
“He said, ‘So she really was 14? I had no idea. She told me she was 18,’ ” the detective testified.
Moose pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Maureen Gottfried, who will decide his penalty Sept. 11 after a pre-sentencing investigation.