It looks like Pentagon official Frederick Douglas Moorefield Jr. has been accused of running an illegal dog-fighting ring for the last 20 years.
20 years?! You can’t tell me that people didn’t know about this – and looked the other way.
The Daily Mail reports that 62-year-old Moorefield, who is Black and has been the Pentagon’s deputy chief information officer for command, control, and communications, was arrested on Thursday. According to the DM’s website, a search of his house revealed “five pit-bull type dogs in cages, bloodstained walls and furniture and a set of jumper cables that were allegedly used to electrocute surviving dogs after fights.”
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Police also found equipment used for involuntarily inseminating female dogs, veterinary medicine including an anabolic steroid and Moorefield’s iPhone which had messages that were “consistent with his involvement in dogfighting.” Some of the evidence can be viewed here.
DM reported on an affidavit that noted Moorefield and his associates had used encrypted messaging apps to discuss training the dogs, exchanging horrible videos and laying down bets. Apparently, some of the dogfighting had been going on in Moorefield’s basement (allegedly) as police saw dark stains on the walls of the basement that appeared to be dog blood and large wooden panels with similar stains and dog hair.
Court documents say that while they were searching the home of Mario Damon Flythe, as associate of Moorefield who was also arrested, he admitted to participating in dogfighting “in the past.”
It’s unknown what the status of Moorefield’s career is and if he’s still employed by the Biden administration or not. A New York Post article reported that Pentagon spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Tim Gorman confirmed that the DOD is “aware of the criminal complaint” but declined to say whether Moorefield remained employed in his position. Gorman said, “We can confirm that the individual is no longer in the workplace, but we cannot comment further on an individual personnel matter.”