An Alabama corrections officer has been indicted on charges of rape in metro Atlanta.
Matthew Moore, 49, is accused of raping women in three states, including women in Cobb and Fulton counties.
His indictment only pertains to his alleged crimes in Fulton County, the district attorney’s office there announced Thursday.
He was arrested in April at the prison where he’d worked nearly two decades, which is about 120 miles from Sandy Springs.
A few weeks later, there was a press conference with cops of all levels — from police at Homewood, Alabama (population 25,000) to Cobb and Fulton counties, all the way up to the FBI.
Police said they have identified five alleged victims but said there are possibly others who have yet to come forward.
Will Johnson, Sandy Springs’ lead detective on the case, said at the news conference that the DNA from many of the cases was in a federal system and matched the sample taken from Moore.
Prosecutors said Thursday the first Fulton incident occurred June 2010. They met at a Sandy Springs hotel room and he was dressed in a police uniform, complete with a badge and gun.
The second alleged Fulton rape case was in November 2015. They met on a dating website, and the woman had agreed to give Moore a massage at her home. Police said Moore often met victims from online under the guise of giving him a massage.
Prosecutors said he tied the woman up, cut off her clothing and raped her at gunpoint — recording the whole thing on his cellphone.
She escaped and got to a part of her home where there were other people, prosecutors said. When they saw Moore with his pants down he drew his gun and “threatened to hurt everyone in the room before leaving the home.”
Cops said they found his DNA at the scene in addition to a bag filled with zip ties, stockings and handcuffs. The cuffs had an inscription with the name of the jail where Moore worked.
Police said the dates of his attacks range from Homewood in 2008 to possibly one in Jupiter, Florida, in 2018.
In the 2010 Cobb case, county police spokesman Sgt. Wayne Delk previously said Moore was wearing some sort of badge when he came to a woman’s Akers Mill Road apartment.
According to a Cobb police warrant filed at the time of his arrest, Moore forced his way into the woman’s apartment and sexually assaulted her at gunpoint.
He has been in jail since April 2, according to Fulton jail records.
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