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Fort Myers Beach caretaker to be charged in video voyeurism case

May 5, 2014
Special to the Reporter (sancapnews@breezenewspapers.com) , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

A Fort Myers Beach man was arrested on May 2 in connection with a video voyeurism case.

The Sheriff's Office Fugitive Warrants Unit were asked to locate and arrest the caretaker of a beach property, 53-year-old Robert McDuffie Moore, for his potential connection to video voyeurism back in late March.

Moore had been traveling out of the county, prompting coordination with the U.S. Marshal's Task Force in Orange County. The two agencies were able to successfully take Moore into custody without incident.

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The suspect Robert McDuffie Moore. PHOTO PROVIDED.

He will be brought back to Lee County to face nine felony counts: seven counts 2nd Degree Felony Video Voyeurism (juvenile victims); one count of 3rd Degree Felony Video Voyeurism (adult victim); and one count of 3rd Degree Felony Child Pornography. The State Attorney's Office will review the entire case to determine if additional charges will be filed.

The suspect will be booked into the Lee County Jail.

On March 25, the Lee County Sheriff's Office had received a call about a suspicious item found at a local vacation residence. The incident occurred on Bayview Drive in Fort Myers Beach. 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.

A renter of 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 stated that Moore was the caretaker of the residence and they found it suspicious he would show up daily, often unannounced and while they were not present. He also 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.

With suspicions of possible illegal activity, a search warrant was obtained and several similar video recording devices found in the rental residence. 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 on Riverside Lane in Fort Myers Beach. 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. Detectives consulted with the State Attorney's Office and warrant was obtained.

 
 

 

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