Former N.C. Maritime Museum archaeologist sentenced after child porn found on state laptop

BEAUFORT, N.C. (WITN) – A archaeologist with the North Carolina Maritime Museum is headed to prison for possessing child pornography.

District Attorney Scott Thomas said David Moore, of Marshallberg, was sentenced to serve between five and seven years in prison, plus five years of post-release supervision.

The 67-year-old Moore pleaded guilty as charged in Carteret County last week to sixteen counts of second degree sexual exploitation of a minor for possessing child sex abuse material.

Moore will also be required to register as a sex offender for the next 30 years.

Thomas says while preparing for a lawsuit about the discovery of the Queen Anne’s Revenge off the coast of Beaufort, child porn was found on a state laptop that had been issued to Moore.

The SBI was brought in and they found more than two dozen inappropriate pictures on the state laptop and another 284 photos on Moore’s personal devices.

WITN reached out to the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources to get public information on Moore’s position with the department but has yet to get a response.

A 2018 state document says Moore was a maritime archaeologist who had been with the museum since 1996. It says Moore directed recording operations on the Queen Anne’s Revenge project.

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