Ex-cop gets 13-20 years in human trafficking case

GRAHAM — John Wendell Moore, 60, might spend the rest of his life in prison for having sex with an underage human-trafficking victim.

“The truth is once you get over 10 years, it’s a life sentence for a former law-enforcement officer in a maximum-security prison, which is where he’s going,” Superior Court Judge Wayne Abernathy said before sentencing the former UNC-Chapel Hill police lieutenant and Chapel Hill Police investigator once assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s High Tech Crimes Task Force.

Moore will serve at least 13 years and as long as 20 years, eight months in prison.

Moore pleaded guilty Monday morning to felony charges that he paid a 15-year-old girl for sex June 9, 2015, after finding an ad for her on backpage com. Two men, Ricky Bradley Cooke, 25, and Carl Wayne Blackmon Jr., 33, were charged with federal human-trafficking charges, and Cooke is serving a 10-year sentence in federal prison. Blackmon was just arrested Jan. 12 in Greensboro.