Sex offender pleads guilty

Man, 44, confessed to having sex with 14-year-old girl multiple times over a four-month period.
Cary Ashby
Aug 31, 2014

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.

Comments

hambone

If he admitted to rape, how do you then plea bargain? Child molesters should get more than 6 - 18 months!

Sarrak

The Grand Jury never indicted him for Rape.

hambone

I said "admitted" not "indicted".

Think9

Gawd, Monroeville just has to be the small town that gets stuck with big city news. Need a little vigilante justice against these perves and some kids.

hambone

And kids?

Think9

The vigilante justice for kids would be restrictions, a little spanking...A little parenting before they grow up to be big criminals. Vigilant means "keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties". Vigilante justice for them would be as I said, old fashioned parenting.

hambone

"kids" are not to blame no matter how you try to explain it!

Kibblesnbits

Must register his address for 25 years? When are ignorant law makers going to educate themselves? Dangerous people should be in prison, the others should be free, entirely. The registry is a sham. It's primary practical effect is; it makes it impossible for ex-offenders to find work, which is the first thing everyone should bend over backwards to make happen. This (circumstance) has the strongest influence; of many other factors, that ensure a lower recidivism rate (5.3%), hence, society is safer. The second thing they need to do is stop chasing ex-offenders from housing, that's the second essential factor, permanent housing. So there should be two groups of ex-offenders, one's in prison, and the others released upon completion of their sentence. Harassing them, and making survival unbearable, while it may "feel good" to some, does the opposite of what we are trying to effect, a safer society. The third situation that is backwards; is that many have addiction issues, that might be a trigger to relapse in sex offending. Once labeled as a sex offender, you are basically "blackballed" from sober living environments. What are people thinking? If you are a "hater" in general, I guess this kind of marginalizing people "feels good", but you are making the (possible) consequences for society as a whole, worse. Keep I over E when attempting any critical thought processes.

sabaticalbound

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just-sayin

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