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Chattanooga Police Officer Takes Plea Deal in Child Pornography Case

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A former Chattanooga Police officer indicted last week on child pornography charges has pleaded guilty, NewsChannel 9 has learned.

Bryan Moody was placed on administrative leave last year, and resigned from the Chattanooga Police Department a week later.

A federal indictment filed last Wednesday says Moody “knowingly accessed and attempted to access with intent to view material that contained an image of child pornography.”

A plea agreement filed in federal court on Monday provided more details about the case, and says Moody plans to waive indictment and arraignment and plead guilty to one count of accessing child pornography.

The plea agreement says Moody admitted to accessing child pornography by electronic means.

It also says law enforcement agents identified Moody in a sexually-explicit chat room in which the discussions were focused on sexual conduct with children.

An undercover federal officer started communicating with Moody in the chat room. Moody later admitted to agents that he had watched two videos and additional still images featuring children involved in sexual acts at his home in Chattanooga.

Moody faces a maximum 10 years in prison, followed by 5 years of probation. The plea agreement says sentencing will occur at a later date, and that he has waived his right to appeal, with one exception: he retains a right to appeal a sentence imposed that is above the mandatory sentencing guideline.

Moody says he has agreed to pay any fines associated with the charge. He also has to register as a sex offender.