Saturday, July 25, 2009

In 1987 Man Admitted Sexual Abuse But Not Charged Until 2 Decades Later

From the Richmond Times Dispatch:
More than 30 years after a man sexually abused a 10-year-old girl in Louisa County, he pleaded guilty yesterday to charges of sodomy and taking indecent liberties with a child. Richard Clinton Moore Jr., 58, was convicted for crimes that took place in 1980 and 1981, when the girl was about 10.

Moore had been accused of sexually abusing the girl in 1987, and even though the allegation was determined to be founded by social-services officials in Louisa and forwarded to county law-enforcement officials, no charges were placed, authorities confirmed yesterday.

Moore had admitted in 1987 to abusing the girl and said he could not control his urges when around children, prosecutors said in court yesterday.

Authorities began a new investigation last year after the victim wrote a letter to the Virginia Commonwealth's Attorney Services Council -- seeking justice more than 20 years after authorities declined to charge Moore.
I'm left speechless.

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At July 25, 2009 9:01 AM, Anonymous Holly said...

This is disgusting and yet again affirms why so many people feel as if prosecuting their abuse will bring them no feelings of justice and fear being revictimized if they do go through with the proceedings. And then in some cases you can have a man admit to everything and still nothing happens!

 
At July 25, 2009 3:51 PM, OpenID vagabondsaint said...

This is just unbelievable, unconscionable, incredible. . .20 years after he admitted guilt? Really?

 

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