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Underage victims unknown in molestation case
Lithonia man arrested on exploitation charge in Newton last summer
Dectavious Moore
Dectavious Thomas Moore, 34, of Stone Mountain, was arrested Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, at a residence in the 10100 block of Huntcliff Place Northeast, Covington, and charged with enticing a child for indecent purposes. He was arrested again in May 2018 on charges of molestation in DeKalb County.

The DeKalb County man arrested in Lithonia on Thursday on multiple counts of sexually exploiting children was arrested late last summer in Newton County on a similar charge.

According to a Newton County Sheriff’s Office incident report, then 34-year-old Dectavious Thomas Moore was arrested by deputies around 6:45 p.m. Sept 10, 2017, after they responded to an incident of child molestation at an address off of Settlers Grove Road.

According to the report, Deputy Eric Almond spoke with the father of an 11-year-old girl who said he had discovered messages from an adult male suspect stating he was on his way to pick the girl up and “that he wanted to have sex with her.”

Moore had also reportedly sent obscene pictures to the girl. The father was able to provide Almond with a description of Moore’s gray van.

“While at the residence the suspect sent the juvenile a message stating that he was turning onto her street and within moments arrived in the described vehicle,” Almond wrote in his report, “Upon making contact, I detained him until contact with an investigator could be made.”

Moore was arrested and transported to the Newton County Jail, charged with enticing a child for indecent purposes. On the NCSO booking report, Moore listed as living at a Stone Mountain address.

According to jail records, he bonded out three days later.

DeKalb County deputies arrested Moore, now 35, on Thursday and charged him with two counts of child molestation, one count of aggravated sexual battery and one count of enticing a child for indecent purposes.

According to a press release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, agents searched Moore’s residence in Lithonia and found corroborating evidence that the sexually explicit images were produced at that location.

The release states that investigators believe six to eight children were exploited by Moore but only three have been positively identified. The GBI is asking for the public’s assistance with identifying the remaining children. The victims are black females, ranging in age from 7 to 14 years old.

Anyone with information is asked to call the GBI Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit at 404-270-8870 or by email at