Warren woman charged with prostitutionHusband charged with promotion of prostitution
Warren — A 37-year-old Warren woman has been charged with prostitution for offering sex for money through the Internet.
On Sept. 26, Wendy Moody, 37, of Warren was charged with engaging in prostitution, possession of a useable amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, cultivating marijuana, and violation of conditions of release, according to a news release from Knox County Sheriff's Office.
Her husband Curtis Moody, 44, of Warren has been charged with promotion of prostitution and four counts of violating condition of release. It is believed he was aware, cooperated in and supported her activities, according to the news release.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant on Moody's residence in Warren after she was arrested at a local motel. Following a search at her home, electronic communication devices were seized to corroborate the related activity.
Deputy Michael Sprague had received information that Moody was offering sex for money through the Internet. Deputies from the Patrol Division and Criminal Investigations Division set up an operation where Moody approached one of the deputies and offered to have sex in exchange for money, according to the release.
According to an affidavit filed by Sprague, the Knox County Sheriff's Office became concerned after it was believed Curtis Moody, who is incarcerated at the Knox County Jail, was placing hundreds of phone calls to his wife from the jail. As part of a previous conviction, he was not allowed to have contact with his wife.
In July, Sprague received a letter from Wendy Moody to her husband that was intercepted by jail staff. The letter contained information that she had created an account on an unknown website to attract unknown men and women, according to the affidavit. She was charging between $80 and $200 for various sexual acts and splitting the profits with her husband, according to the report.
On about Sept. 12, Sprague created an email account using a false name requesting to meet up with her. On Sept. 26, she met with an undercover deputy, who was pretending to be that person.
They met at the Yankee Traveler Motel in Warren where she was placed under arrest.
Wendy Moody has been released from jail on $400 cash bail and Curtis Moody remains at Knox County Jail.
The investigation is ongoing and may result in others being charged. The operation is believed to be small, according to the sheriff's office.