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State worker charged with spying in bathroom

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A Wilson County man who worked for the Governor’s Highway Safety Program was arrested this week on allegations that he installed hidden cameras in his bathroom and spied on his stepdaughter more than four years ago.

Bobby Craig Moss, 48, faces 10 counts of felony secret peeping. He was arrested Monday following an N.C. State Bureau of Investigation probe.

Moss’s then-24-year-old stepdaughter was disrobing when she noticed a small hidden camera placed inside a folded towel in the open bathroom closet on Sept. 19, 2013, SBI Special Agent John A. Taylor wrote in a search warrant affidavit. The towel “had a tiny hole cut in it for the camera to record through,” Taylor wrote.

The woman seized the camera and notified her mother, who was married to Moss at the time. Court documents indicate they are now divorced.

Moss admitted to his wife that he placed the camera in the bathroom and “told her he had a problem with pornography and needed help,” the affidavit states.

He also wrote an apology letter to his wife and stepdaughter that was later turned over to investigators.

“I know you will never forgive me and that’s something I will have to deal with,” Moss wrote, according to the affidavit. “I know I have a problem and I want help!”

Moss’s wife discovered a digital camera and multiple memory cards in his room and later provided them to law enforcement as evidence. She also found a bathmat, two hand towels and two bath towels “with holes in them similar in size and shape to the hole discovered in the towel to conceal the camera,” the affidavit states.

Superior Court Judge Milton F. Fitch Jr. issued Taylor a search warrant on Aug. 8 of this year. The SBI seized two digital cameras, five memory cards and a digital card reader that were allegedly used to record women in Moss’s bathroom without their knowledge.

State law designates secret peeping as a Class I felony when someone surreptitiously peeping into a room “uses any device to create a photographic image of another person in that room for the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of any person.”

Defendants convicted of felony secret peeping can be required to register as sex offenders if the court rules they are a danger to the community.

Moss was booked into the Wilson County Detention Center on Monday and transferred to the Wake County Jail in Raleigh under a $50,000 secured bond, according to SBI spokeswoman Patty McQuillan.

Before working for the state, Moss served as a captain at the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office. He worked at the sheriff’s office from Dec. 6, 2010, to May 27, 2013, Chief of Staff Wanda Samuel said.

Since 2013, Moss has been a highway safety specialist at the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, a division of the N.C. Department of Transportation. His employment status was unclear Wednesday, when he was still listed on the GHSP website. Officials at the state agency did not return phone messages in time for this story.

Moss is scheduled to appear in Wilson County District Court on the charges Dec. 4.

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