A Redmond man will serve roughly six months in jail — with a longer potential sentence hanging over his head — for sexually abusing a teenage girl who reached out to him through a Craigslist room rental ad.
Anthony Joseph Moore, 31, was arrested in January for crimes he committed in July 2015. He’s been on house arrest since posting bail in February.
Moore pleaded guilty on July 12 to four criminal counts — three of second-degree sexual abuse and one of strangulation. He appeared for sentencing Monday in Deschutes County Circuit Court.
At the time of the crimes, Moore was 27 and renting out one of his rooms on Craigslist. His victim was 16. She contacted him through the room listing.
After she visited his residence, a sexual incident occurred between the two. It was followed by another, more physically abusive incident, according to prosecutor Stacy Neil.
“Technically, it can’t be consensual since she was 16, but she was OK with the first incident that occurred,” Neil said. “There was a second incident that she definitely was not OK with.”
He abused the girl on the floor of the residence, at times with his hand over her mouth to prevent her from calling out, Neil said.
“He told her to shut up,” Neil said.
She cried throughout the incident, Neil said. Moore placed his forearm on the victim’s neck, impeding her breathing.
The girl reported the abuse shortly afterward.
When interviewed by police, Moore admitted to the sexual contact with the girl but denied doing anything nonconsensual.
Moore’s only prior arrest was for driving under the influence of intoxicants, a charge he successfully cleared through DUII diversion.
Because of his limited criminal record, Moore qualified for a lighter sentence than he might have otherwise received.
He was sentenced to 180 days in jail, to be followed by five years’ probation. He’ll have a yearslong prison term hanging over his head should he violate any of the conditions of his probation, said prosecutor Stacy Neil.
“Your Honor, the state feels it is appropriate that he serves a lengthy jail term up front,” she said.
His probation conditions include having no contact with minor girls, registering as a sex offender after his release and staying off drugs and alcohol.
Moore’s victim was out of state and unable to attend Moore’s sentencing, Neil said.
Moore’s attorney, Shawn Kollie, said his client has grown much in the past four years, including getting sober.
“At that time in his life, Mr. Moore was certainly doing things that were leading to clearly inappropriate behavior,” Kollie said. “Mr. Moore is here, accepting responsibility,” Kollie said.
Moore spoke for several minutes when Judge Ray Crutchley gave him a chance to speak.
“I made a horrible mistake and I will do everything in my power to obey the law and be a productive member of society,” he said, adding he’d recently gotten engaged, which gives added incentive to “do right and make good.”
“What about the victim here?” the judge interrupted.
“I’m sorry to have interrupted her life and inconvenienced her life with all of this,” Moore replied.
“You understand sex abuse is more than just an inconvenience or an interruption? It concerns the court that that portion of it seems to be a second thought,” Crutchly said.
Moore has until 7 p.m. Aug. 1 to turn himself in and begin serving his sentence.
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