A Tulsa man who allegedly attempted to sexually assault a victim after multiple ‘Peeping Tom’ incidents made an initial appearance today in federal court, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.
Jesse Thomas Moore, 18, was charged with attempted sexual contact and first degree burglary. U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul J. Cleary set Moore’s detention hearing for Wednesday, Dec. 30, at 1 p.m.
“Jesse Moore is alleged to have looked into two victims’ windows and then entered their homes, in one incident attempting to sexually assault a young woman,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “The defendant is a danger to the Tulsa community. I am thankful for the Tulsa Police Department’s thorough investigative work and quick action to take Moore off our streets.”
According to court documents, Moore unlawfully entered a residence on Dec. 13, 2020, and attempted to rape a female victim. Video shows the suspect stepping onto the front porch, unscrewing the porch light then entering the residence at 6:36 a.m. then exiting the residence at 7:18 a.m. Moore was able to move around the residence without its occupants hearing him until the victim awoke to someone touching her. The suspect whispered, “Get the f**k up and don’t say anything or I’ll f**king kill you.” The suspect guided her to the living room where he attempted to rape the victim. As he covered her mouth, the victim bit the man’s right hand, causing him to let go and flee the scene.
The crime occurred after multiple Peeping Tom incidents earlier in the week at the same residence by the same defendant.
During the investigation, the Tulsa Police Special Victim’s Unit discovered that a second victim encountered similar incidents at her residence in South Tulsa, the latest occurring on Dec. 20, 2020, at 4 a.m. The woman initially noticed an unknown male in her back yard near the end of October. Then on Oct. 25, 2020, the male unlawfully entered her residence, looked around then left. She stated that the male had continually returned to her home, looking into windows. In another incident, she stated that her 12-year-old son was home when the suspect entered the home through the back door. He fled when he heard the son scream to his mother.
Video surveillance from both residences where these incidents occurred show the same suspect arriving and leaving in a black Range Rover.
Tulsa Police Detectives eventually located the black Range Rover, which checked back to Moore. Officers obtained a search warrant for Moore’s residence and discovered a pair of shoes, a sweater, and pants that allegedly matched those of the suspect seen on surveillance footage.
The Tulsa Police Department is the investigative agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel-lyn A. McCormick is prosecuting the case.
This matter will proceed in United States District Court in Tulsa, where the Complaint is currently pending. A Complaint is a temporary charge alleging a violation of law. For the case to proceed to trial, the United States must present the charge to a federal Grand Jury within 30 days. Once a Grand Jury returns an Indictment, a defendant has a right to a jury trial at which the United States would have the burden of proving the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.