A Carrollton man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for secretly filming foreign-exchange students who lived with him while they were in the bathroom or believed they were in private. Joseph Patrick Mosher, 50, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of children in May. U.S. District Judge Sean D. Jordan sentenced him Wednesday; he must also pay $110,000 in fines and other assessments.
Carrollton police initially searched Mosher's home after a teenager told school officials in September 2018 that he believed he'd been secretly filmed in Mosher's bathroom.
Police found multiple hidden cameras in the home, as well as devices containing footage of the boy inside the residence. Videos showed footage from the bathroom as a victim used the toilet and shower.
Police identified five victims in the recordings, according to the release. All were foreign exchange students Mosher had housed.
Mosher also had communicated with a minor online, convincing the child to engage in sexually explicit conduct and then filming without the child's knowledge, officials said.
"This predator of children volunteered for a position of trust as a host parent for international foreign exchange students so that he could sexually exploit these children," Ryan L. Spradlin, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations Dallas, said in a written statement. "For grossly abusing that trust, he has earned the 30-year prison sentence imposed upon him."