Woman fined, but avoids jail time after being arrested in prostitution sting

Posted March 03, 2014, at 12:57 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 37-year-old woman was fined Monday after admitting to engaging in prostitution, a charge that resulted from a police sting.

Wendy Moody was fined $250 for the prostitution charge, $250 for violating a condition of release and $400 for possession of marijuana. Justice Jeffrey Hjelm imposed the fines in Knox County Superior Court.

The district attorney’s office had sought a 48-hour jail term, which Assistant District Attorney Jeff Baroody said was comparable to other prostitution sentences imposed in the county.

The defense argued successfully, however, that Moody had no prior criminal record. Attorney Marina Sideris said her client was a single mother and was financially desperate. Sideris said Moody has already been punished through public shaming in the newspapers, and having a neighbor shoot and injure her dog in retribution.

The prostitution case came to light when her husband, Curtis Moody, had been making telephone calls to her from jail even though he had been prohibited from having contact with her because of a pending domestic violence charge against him. Those recorded conversations uncovered the possible prostitution on her part.

The sheriff’s office contacted Wendy Moody, who lived in Warren at the time, by email using a fake name and set up a meeting with her. She was arrested in September at the Yankee Traveler Motel on Route 1 in Warren after she offered sex for money to an undercover deputy.

Her 45-year-old husband was sentenced to 15 months in jail in December for threats against his wife and promoting prostitution.

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