Pastor Appears in Court
Boy's Mother Tells Judge Moore Abused Her Son

By Glenn Smith
Post and Courier
December 7, 2006

Goose Creek - The mother of a teenage boy choked back tears Wednesday as she accused Pastor Tyrone Moore of betraying her trust and stealing her son's innocence.

Investigators say Moore raped and fondled the boy over a two-year period at the pastor's Applebee Court home. The victim, who attended Moore's church, was just 11 years old when the attacks began, according to arrest affidavits.

The boy's mother told a judge that her son was an innocent before the abuse began. She said she trusted Moore with her child and now there is nothing she can do to reverse the damage. She urged Moore to get help and admit whatever wrong he has done.

"I don't hate Pastor Moore. I love him," she said, struggling to keep her emotions in check. "But justice needs to be served."

The boy is one of three worshippers the 39-year-old minister is accused of molesting. Police in North Charleston and Goose Creek are looking into other potential victims, and investigators said more charges are possible.

Moore is a registered sex offender who pleaded guilty in 1989 and 1991 to molesting two young girls. He founded Full Word Ministries in North Charleston after his release from prison in 2000. All three male victims attended the church.

Dressed in an orange jumpsuit and shackled at the waist and ankles, Moore said little during an appearance Wednesday in Goose Creek Municipal Court on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and committing a lewd act on a minor. Judge Gene Janikowski set bail at $125,000 on the charges. The pastor already was being held on $250,000 bail in connection with other molestation charges in Goose Creek.

Stipulations on bail include no contact with children under 17 except for supervised visits with his children, wearing a satellite monitoring device and not going within one mile of his Gordon Street church.

Moore's attorney, Eduardo Curry, urged people to withhold judgment on the pastor until all the facts of the case are known. Moore has placed "absolute trust in God" to vindicate him of the charges and allow him to resume his "rightful place as leader of his flock."

Curry said Moore's congregation stands solidly behind him.

During a bail hearing on Tuesday, about 50 church members held a prayer vigil outside the courtroom to show their support, he said.

"They've been prayerful and they are putting their faith in God and the justice system," he said.


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