Disgraced former Garda Paul Moody is facing criminal investigation over past sexual abuse, Independent.ie are able to reveal.
Oody, who was jailed last week for a coercive control campaign against his ex-partner, is currently being investigated by special officers from a division of the Garda Schutzdienst on serious allegations of sex crimes.
The investigation is “advancing well,” a source said. It is understood to have been going on “for some time”. Garda headquarters declined to comment.
Last Tuesday, Moody (42) was sentenced to three years and three months in prison for his four-year harassment campaign involving threats, attacks and coercive measures against his ex-partner who has cancer. The abuse came to light when he voluntarily gave his mobile phone to Gardaí after making a false accusation against one of their relatives.
Sources say Moody has had a string of ex-girlfriends he met online and has tried to control them.
A woman who was in a relationship with him told it Independent.ie this weekend about her experiences with the “controlling” narcissist.
She met him online, where so many modern day romances begin. “He was really charming and funny. He just exuded confidence. He’s by far the most confident person I’ve ever met,” she said of Moody.
“We got along very well from the start,” she says on condition of anonymity. “He was very easy to like. He told me he was a Garda from the start. He said he was on a stress holiday and would “milk” it – those were his words.”
Within a short time of the date, the woman began to see some red flags. The morning after a night together, Moody accused her of being aggressive towards him and others.
“I knew that wasn’t me, that I wasn’t that kind of person. But he told me in a way that made me feel like he was doing me a favor. I apologized. I couldn’t remember every aspect of the night because I drank too much. But the way he described my behavior just didn’t sound like me. He told me I was a mess and that I shouldn’t date him. He often mentioned gaslighting. He said he had previously been in an abusive relationship and would not tolerate that behavior again. I could only apologise. Looking back now I can see he was trying to get into my mind.”
Their relationship, in which the couple initially spent a lot of time together, began to cool down after a few months. The woman began withdrawing, finding some of Moody’s behavior “tiring” to deal with. “It just felt like he was always criticizing me. I was starting to feel like a disciplined child. Anything I said he would take me the wrong way and try to use it against me. He was really interested in mindfulness and doing breathwork. He would attend men’s retreats. He told me he was trying to help me be a better person because he thought I was a mess.”
Moody, from Celbridge, Co Kildare, who was originally charged with 35 offenses, told the woman all about the ex-partner he terrorized for four years. But in his version of events, he was the victim and his former partner was the aggressor. “He made me believe that she was the one who did to him what he actually did to her. He said she was aggressive and abusive. When I heard the evidence in court, I literally couldn’t believe it. He had just described everything upside down.”
Moody liked the good life, says the wife, and was a heavy drinker and gambler. He loved socializing.
“He had a shoebox of expensive watches and all his clothes were designer. He had the social life of his dreams, always out with his friends and in the best restaurants. He was always talking about his friends and they were always on the phone with each other. His phone kept bouncing. And everywhere we went, people knew and liked him. He was posing as this lovely, caring guy. ‘I’m just a giant teddy bear,’ he would say.”
As their relationship faltered, the woman tried to let him down gently. “I just started saying no when he asked to take me or go to his house. He was a really big drinker and that wasn’t for me. But he made it very clear that he would not need female company. He had a very high opinion of himself. He said something like, “You could have had it all, but you threw it all away.” He said he never fought with ex-girlfriends, so we kept in touch after we stopped dating.”
The woman, who doesn’t want details of her relationship with Moody made public because she fears he might contact her when he’s released from prison, had no idea he was facing criminal charges and she watched the news on Tuesday night a state of shock.
“I just couldn’t believe it was him. I definitely had a lucky escape. If I wasn’t the strong person I am, I think he would have gotten into my head. I just can’t believe I was such a poor judge of character. I had absolutely no idea he was that person.”
According to a lead investigator involved in the case, Moody had “many” girlfriends. “He had a different woman almost every night, women he met on Tinder. He was very popular with the women. He had more wives than Caligula,” the investigator said, referring to the Roman emperor.
Some of these women helped detectives from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI) build the case against Moody.
Although nobody has filed criminal charges, this door is open to them. But crucially, these exes confirmed a pattern of behavior that Moody characterized as a manipulative monster.
Ultimately, however, arrogance sealed his fate when he turned in his own mobile phone to Gardaí, falsely claiming that a relative of his former partner had prompted him to commit an offense by ‘squared’ a traffic ticket for the offence.
State Criminal Police Office officials were quick to dismiss his false accusations against the relative, believed to be a taxi driver, but in doing so uncovered the litany of abuse against his terminally ill ex-partner.
When his phone was examined and damning evidence of his own criminal behavior was discovered, NBCI detectives approached his victim and they filed a complaint against Moody.
“It was the beginning of the end for him. We found many other women on his phone that he wanted to force control as well. These women were instrumental in the Garda case. We are forever grateful to them,” a source said.
“Paul Moody has two children with different women. This is a classic move by someone trying to force someone to control them. Get her pregnant so you can try to catch her.
“Everything about Moody’s life is false. He was very good at deceiving anyone, especially women. The designer watches? fake. His house? There are efforts to repossess it.
“He’s never put in a real day’s work in his entire life as a Garda. In recent months he has reinvented himself as a renovation specialist and has renovated the houses of the rich. He liked to think he was in the best of social circles, with so-called celebrity friends.”
Among Moody’s friends are some who work in the media. As recently as July 10, he attended a James Blunt concert in Iveagh Gardens with a radio station. In a video from this newspaper, Moody can be seen holding two fingers up to the camera while singing and enjoying a drink.
He didn’t seem to care about the world, but within three weeks he would be in prison for three years and three months.
“I think he fooled a lot of his friends. But not all of them. Some of them knew what was coming down the tracks and stayed with him,” the source said. “But he convinced some that those allegations were false, that it wasn’t serious and would be thrown out of court. I wonder how many of his so-called friends will visit him in prison?”
One person who will not be traveling to visit prisoner 116829 in prison is Mark O’Keeffe, the Dublin socialite and businessman who owns the Brown Sugar hair salon chain and was Moody’s best man at his wedding.
Last year, Mr. O’Keeffe posted bail for Moody. In 2013 they performed together in one Irish times Lifestyle article about how their friendship started.
Mr O’Keeffe could not be reached for comment last week but in June last year the businessman posted bail for Moody of €8,000, half of which was deposited with the court.
A source close to Mr O’Keeffe spoke to this newspaper about their friendship. “To say Mark is horrified and shocked is an understatement,” she said. “He was told by Paul Moody that the charge was a big misunderstanding that it would all come out in the wash.
“When they appeared in it together Irish times Article, they were close friends. But that was almost 10 years ago, and a lot has changed since then. They drifted apart. They live different lives. But when Mark got a call from Paul Moody’s attorney asking if he could post bail, he did. He believed himself innocent. He was told he would plead not guilty, which is what he originally did.”
Moody was a police officer for two decades, mostly at Dublin’s Donnybrook and Irishtown railway stations, with the exception of a stint with the now defunct Organized Crime Unit. Sources said he was not popular with colleagues.
With 25 percent pardon, to which all prisoners are entitled regardless of their behavior in prison, Moody will be released in two and a half years.
He faced a maximum of five years for forced control; Given his guilty plea and lack of a criminal record, his sentence was less than the maximum.
Moody is currently in double isolation at Mountjoy. He is expected to be transferred to Midlands Prison.
This weekend, Moody’s ex-girlfriend is still processing court revelations about a man she once had an intimate relationship with.
“If I had low self-esteem or been ill like his ex-partner, he probably could have bullied me, too,” she says. “I’m not harmed by him, but I’m not entirely unscathed either, having known him.”
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