The Knucklehead of the Day award
Today's winner is Bruno Moore. Moore is a South Florida television and radio personality. Yesterday he was arrested for trying to solicit a 13-year-old girl online. Moore who was to begin work as a teacher this year, confessed to police when they arrived at the school.
Dumb, dumb and dumber. Moore isn't the first South Florida television personality to arrested on sex charges. A weatherman for Channel Seven in Miami did something similar two years ago. Bruno Moore is today's knucklehead of the day.
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Bruno Moore, a former South Florida television news traffic reporter, country music station disc jockey and newly hired Martin County teacher, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly trying to seduce a 13-year-old girl online, investigators said.
Moore, 34, who was slated to teach during the first day of school today at Sandy Pines, a psychiatric treatment facility in Tequesta, instead found himself face-to-face with detectives after he showed up at work Tuesday. Questioned about his involvement with the girl, Moore gave a full confession, admitting he'd had sexually explicit online and phone chats with her, though he knew she was underage, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
The investigation began June 30 when the girl's mother contacted the sheriff's office, saying Moore was soliciting her daughter. Investigators got the girl's AOL and myspace.com account passwords, and Detective Cass Collins assumed the identity of the Wellington teen.
During eight chat sessions on AOL and eight other communications on myspace.com, Moore gave Collins (posing as the girl) sexually explicit instructions, talked about wanting to have sex with her and tried to arrange meetings for sexual activity, Collins said.
During a July 6 online chat, Moore asked Collins, "ur the cops aren't u?" Collins replied: "me? RU a retard?"
Moore's involvement with the 13-year-old began innocently enough. She wanted to hear a Carrie Underwood song, probably Jesus, Take the Wheel, on WIRK 107.9 FM, the country music station in Palm Beach County where Moore worked part time as a disc jockey, Collins said.
The girl typed a note to an instant message account the station uses to get song requests from listeners, investigators said. Moore saw her message and kept the girl's screen name.
When she called in to make a request, he had a sexually explicit chat with her and began sending explicit messages to her online, Collins said.
Investigators had to move fast with the arrest because Martin County schools begin class today and they did not want Moore to be around children. Moore was held without bail at the Palm Beach County Jail Tuesday on charges of child pornography and solicitation of a child.
Moore has a 5-year-old son and is going through a divorce, Collins said.
He was hired this year to teach English at Sandy Pines in the Martin County School District. He worked less than a day on the job, said district officials who expect to fire Moore in the wake of the arrest.
Moore also worked as a substitute teacher last school year at Stuart Middle School, Challenger and the Martin County Boot Camp.
Moore also no longer is employed at WIRK, said Lee Strasser, the station's general manager.
Moore also is listed on the Summit Christian Web site as a member of the school's film and television club.
Moore freelanced some stories to the Neighborhood Post section of The Palm Beach Post for a few months in 2003.
At various times, he also worked as a media specialist for Martin Memorial Medical Center, a television commercial voice-over man and as on-air talent for several television news stations
According to a résumé on his personal Web site, Moore worked as an overnight news writer at WSVN-7 and a fill-in helicopter traffic reporter for WTVJ-6 in Miami Dade. He also worked for Metro Networks, a national traffic reporting service company, according to his Web site.
He appeared on Palm Beach County's WPTV-5 as a traffic reporter, but was never an employee of WPTV, the station reported on its Web site.
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