Accused sex offender dumps public defender, hires attorney

Cary Ashby • Jul 2, 2014 at 2:08 PM

An accused sex offender has hired his own attorney.

William R. Moore, 44, of Mansfield, will be represented by Paul Manciano. During Tuesday's hearing, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway set a new pre-trial hearing for July 21, when the court will schedule a new trial date. Conway said his office received confirmation that Moore had secured funds to hire his own counsel and Huron County Public Defender David Longo will release evidence in the case to Manciano.

Moore also waived his right to a speedy trial, the time by which prosecutors have to bring his case to trial.

He is charged with two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in connection with incidents on Feb. 6 and March 22. He also faces one charge of tampering with evidence stemming from a Feb. 6 offense. According to the indictment, the victim was 14 at the time.

If convicted of the unlawful sexual conduct charges, Moore would be required to register his address for the next 25 years as a Tier II sex offender. Each of the third-degree felonies is punishable by nine months to three years in prison.

Moore, who earlier posted a $20,000 bond, can't have any contact or association with the victim, any non-family member under the age of 18 or be on the premises of a Daniels Road, Willard, address.

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