A rural Monroeville man has been convicted of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl over a four-month period.
Former Mansfield resident William R. Moore, 44, most recently of 2730 Hanville Corners Road, pleaded guilty Wednesday to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. When he is sentenced Oct. 15, he faces six to 18 months behind bars on the fourth-degree felony.
Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said the state didn't agree on Moore's punishment during the plea deal with defense attorney Paul Mancino Jr., but will argue it during the sentencing hearing.
"He has to register (his address) for the next 25 years," said Woodruff, referring to Moore eventually being classified as a Tier II sex offender.
On April 12, the Huron County Sheriff's Office arrested Moore and charged him with rape and tampering with evidence. About a month later, a grand jury indicted the defendant on two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor; Moore pleaded guilty to one of the counts Wednesday.
"He destroyed some of the evidence that was linked to the crime," said Chief Deputy Ted Patrick, who declined to elaborate.
Woodruff declined to discuss the evidence, say how Moore knows the Norwich Township victim or how she is doing now.
"I'm not going to get into the facts," Woodruff added.
Moore reportedly confessed to raping the girl multiple times over a four-month period during his April 12 interview with Detective Rich Larson, Patrick said earlier. About a week before Moore's arrest, a family member contacted the sheriff's office and Larson began his investigation.
The defendant earlier posted a $20,000 bond. According to court records, Moore is prohibited from having contact with any non-family members under the age of 18 and can't be on the premises of a Daniel Road, Willard, address.