For release on June 13, 2012   CONTACT:
Erin West, Deputy District Attorney
Sexual Assault Team
(408) 792-2976     IT CONSULTANT CONVICTED OF CHILD PORN
  A Silicon Valley information technology consultant who rigged up his San Jose home with hidden cameras so he could watch young girls sleeping, undressing, bathing and going to the bathroom was convicted this week of child pornography and molestation charges.   The accidental discovery of John Zeno Moore’s cameras by a horrified mother led investigators to his molestation victims and a horde of child pornography. The child porn included Moore’s explicit video of an infant girl that he tried to explain was his entry for an E*TRADE baby commercial contest.    Moore, 40, faces more than 180 years in prison when he is sentenced on August 31, 2012 . “This person will never be able to hurt another little girl again,’’ said Deputy District Attorney Erin West, whose 10 day trial ended in the conviction Tuesday, June 12. “On the surface this was an articulate, professional man who was able to gain the trust of these single moms. He turned out to be a serial child molester. We can all be too trusting.”   The case against Moore began in April of 2010 when a single mother and her two young daughters subleased rooms in Moore’s home. After a few nights sleeping there, the power went out. There to help with a flashlight, the mother’s estranged husband shined the beam at the bathroom ceiling to discover a minute Pinnacle security camera hidden in an empty light fixture. To see if the camera was working, the husband used an electronic device to transmit the camera’s signals to a television in the bedroom. When they turned the TV on, it showed them, watching TV the bedroom. This meant there was a second camera secretly installed in the cable box of the bedroom TV.   They called police. Using warrants, investigators searched Moore’s computers and hard drive, finding more than 300 child pornography videos and stills. They also found a 45-second video of Moore stripping and posing the two-year-old daughter of one his friends. He had volunteered to baby sit her child. Investigators also found 199 surreptitious videos of the teenaged daughter of Moore’s previous tenant.   When police went to arrest Moore, he had disappeared. San Jose Detective Russell Chubon had a hunch based on phone records. In the Northwest for a child sexual exploitation conference in October 2010, Chubon took a side trip and found Moore hiding in the home of a female friend in the Seattle suburbs.   During his investigation, Chubon found three girls Moore had molested in years past.   ###

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