LOCKPORT – Bail was set Tuesday at $150,000 for a Niagara Falls man accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl and recording a video of the incident on his cellphone.
Teron D. Moore, 31, of Ninth Street, also was accused of trying to have the video destroyed.
Deputy District Attorney Holly E. Sloma told Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III that when Moore was arrested June 16 on an unrelated assault charge, he gave his phone to his girlfriend, who discovered the video of the May 31 alleged sex act with the teen girl.
Sloma said County Jail security forces recorded two phone calls from Moore to the 14-year-old girl, urging her to “get rid of that phone.” Falls police obtained a search warrant and seized the phone, but when they connected it to a machine to scan the contents, the phone started erasing itself, Sloma said.
Efforts are continuing to retrieve the video, but Sloma said the testimony of Moore’s girlfriend about what she saw on the phone could be offered at a trial.
Sloma also said she does have some DNA evidence recovered from the sheets on the 14-year-old’s bed. Sloma said she will seek a DNA sample from Moore to try to make a match.
The prosecutor said Moore has sent at least two letters from jail to the girl via a third party, who at one point actually brought the girl to the jail for an attempted visit to Moore. Jail officers refused to let the girl inside.
The grand jury indicted Moore on two counts of second-degree rape and single counts of second-degree criminal sexual act, use of a child in a sexual performance, possession of a sexual performance by a child, child endangerment, criminal solicitation, tampering with physical evidence and criminal contempt.