CARROLLTON, Texas – 50-year-old Joseph Patrick Mosher of Carrollton, Texas, has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for child sexual exploitation violations, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced today.
Mosher, according to Homeland Security Investigations, volunteered as a host parent for international foreign exchange students.
Earlier this year, Mosher pled guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a child and, yesterday, was sentenced to 360 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Sean D. Jordan. Mosher's sentence also included convictions for communicating with a minor online and persuading the minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct.
Mosher was also ordered to pay a $50,000 fine, a $10,000 assessment pursuant to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, and to forfeit $50,000 from the sale of his home.
In September 2018, a teenager known to Mosher reported to school officials he believed he had been secretly filmed in a bathroom at Mosher's home. A subsequent search warrant executed by the Carrollton Police Department revealed a number of hidden cameras and electronic devices throughout the house.
"A forensic review of those devices revealed a number of videos of males captured in private spaces within the home," read a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Texas. "It appeared that the males did not know they were being recorded or that Mosher had obtained footage of them engaged in private or personal activities."
In reviewing the footage obtained from inside Mosher's home, investigators identified five victims.
Prosecutors also say Mosher persuaded a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct and recorded the incident with the minor's knowledge.
“This case is another warning to parents to be aware of who their children are communicating with, and to be careful about who they allow to be around their children,” stated United States Attorney Joe Brown. “There are threats from so many different directions these days, and the internet makes it so much easier for offenders. We have to get the message to our kids to be aware of these threats.”
“This predator of children volunteered for a position of trust as a host parent for international foreign exchange students so that he could sexually exploit these children,” stated Ryan L. Spradlin, special agent in charge of HSI Dallas. “For grossly abusing that trust, he has earned the 30-year prison sentence imposed upon him after victimizing at least five of these students.”