H.L. Moody has been involved with the Democratic Party of Arkansas for over 14 years and also served as the party’s communications director.
Moody was fired last week from his job as special events coordinator for Pulaski County Youth Services for distributing child pornography and smoking methamphetamine out of a glass pipe while seated at his desk in the county administration building during regular work hours.
A federal investigation into online child exploitation chatrooms led to the arrest of Harold “HL” Moody, Jr. 39, who has now been charged with distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography.
On Tuesday, Nov. 6, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas Cody Hiland and Special Agent in charge of the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New Orleans Field Division, Jere T. Miles announced the unsealing of the criminal complaint.
While conducting this investigation in the fall of 2018, undercover agents for HSI, the Criminal Investigative Division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), observed Moody active in these exploitative chatrooms on at least five occasions.
According to the complaint affidavit, on more than one occasion Harold Moody’s face was visible in a chatroom while child pornography was being displayed, and on more than one occasion he was distributing child pornography within the chatroom.
HSI agents executed a search warrant at Harold Moody’s residence pn Monday, Nov. 5 and arrested him that same day.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Kristin Bryant and Allison Bragg. A trial date has not been set yet for Moody.
Moody previously served as chair of the Pulaski County Democrat Committee and as spokesperson for the Democratic Party of Arkansas but is no longer associated with them. Pulaski County Communications Director, Cozetta Jones, confirmed that Moody was the special events coordinator for Pulaski County and that he was terminated Monday.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas, possession of child pornography carries a maximum of 10 years imprisonment, a minimum of 5 years to life of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Distribution of child pornography carries a penalty of minimum 5 years and maximum 20 years imprisonment, a minimum of 5 years to life of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.
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