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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of North Carolina

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Yancey Co. Man Sentenced To More Than 21 Years In Prison Production Of Child Pornography Charges

United States Attorney Anne M. Tompkins Western District Of North Carolina

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Today, U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Brian Wayne Moore to 262 months in prison on federal production of child pornography charges, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Moore was also ordered to register as a sex offender and to serve the rest of his life under court supervision after he is released from prison. Judge Reidinger also ordered Moore to have no contact with victims of child pornography.

U.S. Attorney Tompkins is joined in making today’s announcement by Brock D. Nicholson, Special Agent in Charge of ICE/Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Georgia and the Carolinas and Sheriff Gary Banks of the Yancey County Sheriff’s Office.

In August 2013, Moore, 28, of Burnsville, N.C., pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. According to filed documents and statements made in court, in May 2012, law enforcement became aware of Moore’s production of child pornography after it was reported by a family member. Law enforcement later searched a cellular phone and computer equipment pursuant to a search warrant. Court records indicate that after producing the child pornography, Moore distributed it to another person he met on the Internet who he believed to be a sixteen year old.

Moore has been in federal custody since February 2013. He will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. Federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

The investigation was handled jointly by HSI and the Yancey County Sheriff’s Office.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in 2006 by the Department of Justice, aimed at combating the growing online sexual exploitation of children. By combining resources, federal, state and local agencies are better able to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue those victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Updated March 19, 2015