Pastor out of Jail

ABC News 4
November 29, 2006

North Charleston, SC - The North Charleston pastor accused of criminal sexual conduct with a church member - who at the time of the alleged incident was a minor - is walking the streets.

Tyrone Moore, pastor at Full Word Ministries, was released from the Charleston County Detention Center on Monday. State Law Enforcement records show Moore has been convicted twice before of sexual misconduct with a minor under the age of 16. And under South Carolina law sometimes all it takes is two strikes to strike out.

"For the second strike rule to kick in that occurs when someone's been convicted of a crime that's considered a most serious offense. Crimes that are most serious offenses include murder, some of your rape cases, criminal sexual conduct cases, criminal sexual conduct cases with a minor," says Scarlett Wilson, Chief Deputy Solicitor for the 9th Circuit.

The penalty for breaking the two strikes rule is life without parole. Moore has also been chared with failure to register as a sex offender in Charleston County.

Church members say they'll continue to support Moore because the alleged incident is the work of the Devil. But they won't say whether or not Moore attended the church's Wednesday evening Bible study.


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