Warren woman charged with prostitution

Husband charged with promotion of prostitution
By Kim Lincoln | Sep 27, 2013
Wendy Moody

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.

Comments (12)
Posted by: Donna Hurley | Sep 29, 2013 11:42

Well stated John Snow.

Posted by: Harley Roger Colwell | Sep 29, 2013 09:58

Wow, quite a classy operation these two had; Maine's answer to a high-class escort service seems to have room for improvement. Perhaps Knox County should have it's own version of "Masterpiece Theater." It would be "Budwiesah Theatah.... the most from the mid-coast!" Really, you can't make this stuff up. It would be way to out-landish for fiction. C'mon folks, can we pa-leeease stop contributing to the double-digit-IQ, hick-shenanigans-stereotype that much of the rest of the nation seems to have as their idea of small-town coastal Maine?!!%#? Gimme a frigging break already! Morons.


Posted by: Christine M Starrett | Sep 29, 2013 06:26

Please!!!!! Good job to the KCSO for a job well done! They pick and choose who they want to go after! Yes they do!! He owns a business, is that one of the qualifications of things being over looked! I have been in a situation of abuse, torture, stalking and terrorizing! They knew this was being done and said they knew he was abusive which is true look at his numerous violating PFA orders, but yet all they would say is if nobody sees him doing it there is nothing we can do! Investigate, like the state police did! Then you have a case, who else but the abuser would break in my home and do the things to terrorizer me that were being done!!!

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Sep 28, 2013 20:17

I was wondering if twelve is his favorite number or his IQ.

Posted by: Joseph Steinberger | Sep 28, 2013 14:50

It is not so long ago that in Puritan Massachusetts adulteresses were drowned. Today it is perfectly legal for a woman to sleep with a man who is not her husband, but if she asks for money it is a shameful crime. It seems that many of us are no less judgmental than our Puritan forebears.

As for the suggestion that she had to sell herself to pay for drugs: she was charged with growing marijuana, which does not cost money.

I realize that it is the job of the police to enforce the laws, but there are a lot of laws and many of them are very little enforced. It is a question of priorities.

In this case, who was injured by this woman's behavior? It seems to me that if there is a victim, she is it.

Posted by: RUTH ROWLING MAXFIELD | Sep 28, 2013 12:43

"Forced" to engage in prostitution?  I don't think so!  Not from little bitty Warren, Maine . . in Knox County where there is a successful and widely publicized non-profit organization to help abused women.  This lady could have walked across the road . . or next door in either direction to her neighbors and been taken in and protected until the authorities could be summoned.  Further . . there are children in that home.  Now there are the abused victims!!  (Scuze any spelling mistakes . . I am 'hot under the collar' at the moment!)

Posted by: Sam Charlton | Sep 28, 2013 08:36

True, Joe. Sad that drugs (illegal) lead to the need of a quick fix of money through the sale of sex (illegal). But congrats to our public safety for upholding the laws.

Posted by: John Snow | Sep 28, 2013 08:18

Abused?  Yes, but more than that.... how about an economic system that works to alleviate the desperation that has overtaken millions of Americans? This is a strategy of last resort.

Posted by: David E Myslabodski | Sep 27, 2013 19:07

Hi J S

On this one I am with you. Only in paradise there may be no ladies [and boys] of the night and zero potheads. In reality, let us drop our puritanical concerns are let us work for a better society . . . We already grow pot legally in Maine. This is a start

Posted by: Andrea Lovell | Sep 27, 2013 18:47

The husband's picture should be posted.  He is the perp. here.

Joseph, I agree that this woman is abused, but if prostitution were legal how many more women would be abused?  Legalizing prostitution and marijuana is your answer.  Really.  That's the best you can do...








Posted by: Joseph Steinberger | Sep 27, 2013 13:42

To me it is a sad use of public resources to make a criminal and public spectacle out of this poor abused woman who was forced to sell her body to survive. Don't we have more important things to do with our tax dollars? Prostitution should not be a crime and neither should marijuana use.

Posted by: Russell Garfield York | Sep 27, 2013 12:27

good job to all knox county sherriffs office for a good well done job

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