Affidavit Claims Pastor Threatened to Harm Alleged Abuse Victim

Times and Democrat
December 6, 2006

Charleston, S.C. - A minister who is a registered sex offender threatened to bury a young church member alive if he said anything about alleged sexual assaults, according to an arrest affidavit.

Tyrone Moore, 39, was charged last weekend with second-degree criminal sexual conduct, which involves threatening a victim with physical harm, North Charleston Police Department spokesman Spencer Pryor said.

Moore is accused of sexually abusing the man, now 21, over the past four years at the pastor's Goose Creek home, according to an arrest affidavit.

The man was a member of Moore's church, Full Word Ministries in North Charleston.

The accuser, who spoke with investigators last week, told police Moore forced him to have sex and threatened him if he told anyone, the affidavit said.

Moore is jailed on $200,000 bail and police said they expect additional charges. The affidavit said investigators have learned of other assaults in South Carolina and Georgia.

Moore founded Full Word Ministries six years ago after being released from prison, where he served time for assaulting young children.

He is on the state's sex offender registry for a 1991 conviction on two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child between ages 11 and 14 as well as a 1989 conviction of committing a lewd act on a child under 16.

State prosecutors tried to have him declared a sexually violent predator and have him committed indefinitely to a psychiatric institution. A judge dismissed the case and Moore was put on probation in August 2000.

The church Moore founded has grown to 1,000 members.

On Nov. 21, North Charleston police arrested him on charges of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old male church member in 2002 and 2003. He had been out of jail less than a week when he was arrested on the Goose Creek warrant.


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