Woman convicted of prostitution gets fine

By Juliette Laaka | Mar 03, 2014

Rockland — A 37-year-old Warren woman pleaded guilty March 3 to charges of engaging in prostitution, cultivating marijuana and violating bail.

Wendy Moody's defense attorney said her client is the sole provider for her children, and those circumstances gave rise to her situation. She added fines and community service were sufficient punishments, adding the public shaming is enough of a deterrent for her client.

The state sought a jail sentence of 48 hours citing the aggravating factor that the crime was committed while Moody was on bail, but Justice Jeffrey Hjelm said although the state's position was not unreasonable, a jail term is unnecessary.

Moody has no previous criminal history prior to the aforementioned offenses.

Moody was ordered to pay a $400 fine for a cultivation of marijuana charge, $250 for the engaging in prostitution charge, and $250 for a violating conditions of release charge.

Moody told Hjelm she started a new job and is trying to get back on her feet.

Moody was charged with prostitution in September following an investigation by the Knox County Sheriff's Office. She originally pleaded not guilty.

According to an affidavit filed by Knox County Deputy Michael Sprague, the sheriff's office became concerned after Moody's husband, Curtis Moody, who is incarcerated at the Knox County Jail, was placing hundreds of phone calls to his wife. As part of a previous conviction, he was not allowed to have contact with her.

In July, Sprague received a letter from Moody to her husband that was intercepted by jail staff. The letter contained information that she had created an online account 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.

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.

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.

In September, Sprague created an email account using a false name requesting to meet 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.

Curtis Moody, 44, was sentenced to 12 months in prison Dec. 13 for encouraging his wife to prostitute herself, terrorizing her, and violating conditions of release.

One count of domestic violence assault and one count of domestic violence criminal threatening was dismissed. Curtis Moody will be on probation for two years upon his release.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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