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Charles Clayton Moore, 68, Sentenced For Child Sex Abuse Charges - Brevard NC


October 25, 2018

Charles Clayton Moore

Charles Clayton Moore, a 68-year-old Sapphire resident, was sentenced Tuesday to nearly 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to eight felony counts of indecent liberties with a child and three felony counts of first-degree sex offense with a child.

During Transylvania County Superior Court, Judge R. Gregory Horne sentenced Moore to 594 months (49 years and six months) in N.C. Department of Corrections.

According to Assistant District Attorney Beth Dierauf, charges were filed against Moore when one of the victims disclosed to the Transylvania County Sheriff's Office that she had been abused at Moore's home.

"It was the bravery and the courage of this one little girl who came forward that got this whole investigation going," Dierauf said

Dierauf said Moore disclosed to investigators that he had not only abused her but "multiple children over the past 20 years."

"The detectives followed up and interviewed the victims he named when he came in, in addition to the one who came forward initially," she said.

According to a press release from District Attorney Greg Newman, Moore committed various sex acts with at least five of his grandchildren from 1999 through 2011.

The children ranged in ages from 3 to 8. Most of the crimes occurred in Moore's home when the grandchildren spent time there, according to the press release. Several people from the community, as well as Moore's family, read prepared statements to the court. Some advocated mercy for Moore, while others asked for stringent penalties. Moore apologized to his family and made a short plea to the court for leniency, the release said.

"Mr. Moore hurt a lot of people, and I fear that much of the harm to his grandchildren may leave permanent scars," said Newman in the press release. "We are satisfied with the sentence imposed by Judge Horne. Certainly, the community and, definitely, the defendant's family are safer now. Mr. Moore will spend the rest of his life in a North Carolina prison. I hope his family, and in particular the child victims, can find a way to cope with what they have experienced."

After an initial disclosure was made by one of the grandchildren during the summer of 2017, Moore contacted the Sheriff's Office and disclosed, in general terms, that he had committed crimes against members of his family.

He agreed to meet at the Sheriff's Office with his pastor where he confessed to his crimes. Detectives Geoff Bishop and Wade Abram conducted the interviews of the defendant, the victims and their parents. The Superior Court term in Transylvania County continues through the end of this week.


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