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Minister faces felony Peeping Tom charge

BYLINE: Will Anderson, Staff
DATE: 06-19-1999
PUBLICATION: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
SECTION: Local News

The Rev. Danny B. Moody may have slipped in the eyes of the law, but he hasn't fallen from grace in the hearts of his followers. Moody, 52, who has served as pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Douglasville for 24 years, was arrested May 29 on a felony Peeping Tom charge. Atlanta police allege Moody aimed his Camcorder beneath the skirts of females while riding escalators at Hartsfield International Airport.
Moody was released under $5,000 bond the same day.
Almost three weeks later, Moody's wife, Brenda, said his congregation still supports him.
"The church has been told about the charges against him, but the church stands behind him by an overwhelming vote," Brenda Moody said. "The camera was an accident."
According to a police report, a witness, Mike Eyerly, saw Moody ascending an escalator in Concourse B with his video camera pointed under an 17-year-old Woodstock girl's dress. He had concealed the small hand-held device with an Atlanta Braves baseball cap, police said.
When Eyerly asked Moody what he was doing, Moody replied "that he was doing nothing and pulled the tape from the Camcorder," the report said. Eyerly argued with Moody and talked to the 18-year-old's mother. The mother became angry and demanded the videotape.
"At first, he didn't want to, but I was somewhat mad and upset, so he did give it to me," the woman said. "He asked me twice if I would go to gate B-12 with him. He said his son was there."
When police viewed the videotape, they saw that Moody had been filming at the airport from 10:31 a.m. to 1 p.m. and had videotaped several other women on concourse trains and escalators.
A court date has not been set for Moody. Clayton County District Attorney Bob Keller said he intends to prosecute.
"There was a movie camera, and he was taking pictures of female anatomy on escalators," Keller said. "That could constitute a criminal offense."

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