Defendant connected to sexual assaults in Fulton, Cobb, Alabama, and Florida
Atlanta–Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., announces the RAPE conviction by non-negotiated guilty plea of 50-year-old MATTHEW MOORE. Moore decided to plead guilty on Thursday in the middle of his trial in Fulton County Superior Court.
In June of 2010, Alabama Corrections Officer Matthew Moore met an Atlanta woman online for the purpose of erotic massage. The two agreed to meet in person on June 17, 2010, at the Homestead Suites along Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. When she arrived, Moore identified himself as a police officer, and he flashed a badge, a firearm, and pepper spray. Moore proceeded to force the victim to perform oral sex upon him, and then the defendant raped her while his gun sat upon the bed. Moore then wiped himself with a napkin, got dressed, and left the hotel room. The victim called 911, and she was transported to a local hospital where she underwent a sexual assault examination. The napkin was collected as evidence.
On November 17, 2015, Moore contacted a woman who had placed an advertisement upon the website “backpage.com” to solicit clients who were interested in receiving an erotic massage. The woman agreed to meet Moore at the Hawthorne Suites along Barfield Road in Sandy Springs. Upon his arrival at 5:35pm, Moore brandished a knife and a firearm which he pointed at the victim. Moore pressed himself upon the victim, and with the knife in his hand, he said to her,
“You’re going to do everything I say tonight, or I’ll be the last person you see.”
Moore utilized the knife to remove the victim’s clothing and then placed the knife and a pair of metal handcuffs upon the bed. Moore positioned his cellphone upon the nightstand so he could record the entire incident. Moore placed pantyhose around the victim’s hands and then zip-tied her arms behind her back. The defendant proceeded to orally, vaginally, and anally rape and sodomize the victim with his hands and penis for more than 40 minutes. The victim was eventually able to escape as Moore attempted to continue to rape her with a large sex-related object. The victim screamed and ran toward the hotel room door which she quickly opened. Three men who were outside in the hallway saw the victim who was naked and screaming for help. Additionally, they observed the defendant who was also naked. Moore pointed his firearm in their direction, forced the three men to retrieve his cell phone which was near the bedside, and then he fled the hotel. The victim underwent a sexual assault examination. Investigators gathered several items that Moore left behind including the pair of handcuffs which were inscribed with the name of the jail where Moore worked in Alabama as a corrections officer.
A year and a half later, in 2017, the sexual assault examination revealed the existence of DNA that matched the DNA collected from the victim of the Homestead Suites rape in Sandy Springs in 2010, as well as a 2008 sexual assault in Homewood, Alabama, a 2010 sexual assault in Cobb County, and a 2010 sexual assault in Birmingham, Alabama. The Sandy Springs Police Department conducted a deep and intensive search of cell phone-related records which ultimately led investigators to Matthew Moore. Sandy Springs Investigators determined that Moore worked at a correctional facility in Alabama, and they began to track his phone. On March 30, 2018, the Sandy Springs Police Department executed search warrants at Moore’s home and place of employment. A DNA buccal swab was collected from Moore, and they also recovered zip ties, pantyhose restraints, computers, cell phones, and sex toys. The video that Moore recorded of the 2015 rape in Sandy Springs was still on his phone three years later. Investigators proceeded to arrest Moore for the rapes in Sandy Springs.
The DNA collected from Moore on March 30, 2018, matched the DNA collected during the crimes in Fulton County, Cobb County, Alabama, and a sexual assault in Jupiter, Florida on March 7, 2018.
In the middle of his trial in Fulton County Superior Court, MOORE decided to enter a non-negotiated guilty plea to the indictment and was convicted of RAPE, AGGRAVATED SODOMY, FALSE IMPRISONMENT, IMPERSONATING AN OFFICER, AGGRAVATED SEXUAL BATTERY, and AGGRAVATED ASSAULT.
Moore was sentenced to
Life in Prison Serve 30 Years and Life on Probation.
Judge Constance Russell, of the Superior Court of Fulton County, presided over the case. Deputy District Attorney Amy Ferguson led the prosecution of the case. She was assisted by Assistant District Attorney Shamma Iqbal, Deputy Chief Investigator Donna Kimbrell, and Victim-Witness Advocate LaVert Forrest of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Detective W. Johnson from the Sandy Springs Police Department was the Lead Investigator in the case.