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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Vestavia Hills Doctor Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Producing and Possessing Child Pornography

Birmingham, Ala. – A federal today yesterday sentenced a former Vestavia Hills doctor to 30 years in prison for producing and possessing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, Jr.

U.S. District Judge Annemarie C. Axon sentenced RONALD TAI YOUNG MOON, JR., 56, of Vestavia Hills, Ala., who worked as a doctor at The Industrial Athlete clinic in Birmingham until his license was revoked earlier this year.  Moon went to trial in February, and after four days of testimony a jury convicted Moon of possessing, producing, and attempting to produce child pornography. 

Evidence at trial proved that between the mid-1990s and about 2012, Moon secretly recorded neighbors and guests in his own home, including girls as young as 12 years old.  Some of those individuals were filmed naked, dressing, and undressing.  The footage was located on VHS videotapes found in the defendant’s locked private office with other pornographic VHS tapes, steps away from a TV/VCR set that was working and plugged in.  Evidence of multiple hidden-camera devices was also found in the defendant’s office.

In addition to thirty years in prison, following his release from prison, Moon was ordered to serve 5 years of supervised release and, by law, will also be required to register as a sex offender.

“Unfortunately, this sentence will not undo the harm suffered by Moon’s victims,” Escalona said. “However, understanding that the consequences of this conduct is severe might discourage other sexual predators from victimizing innocent children in this district.”

“I am proud of the effort put forth by my agents in order to ensure this defendant was brought to justice and will no longer be able to harm children,” Sharp said.  “Moon serving the next 30 years in federal prison ensures there is one less predator victimizing the most innocent and vulnerable members of our community.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney John B. Ward and First Assistant U.S. Attorney Lloyd C. Peeples, III prosecuted the case for the United States.  The United States Attorney also thanks members of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General for their valuable assistance in this investigation.

Updated October 1, 2020