Pastor Faces More Charges in Abuse Case

By Glenn Smith
Post and Courier
December 14, 2006

Goose Creek - Police plan to file additional criminal charges today against Pastor Tyrone Moore after three more boys accused the minister of molesting them in recent years, authorities said.

Moore, 39, already is charged with sexually assaulting three other young men who attended his church, Full Word Ministries in North Charleston.

Police in North Charleston and Goose Creek are looking into other potential victims, and investigators said more charges are possible.

Among the latest victims is a 15-year-old who accuses Moore of molesting him since he was 13, authorities said. Another boy, now 14, alleges Moore molested him since he was 12. The third boy, now 12, told police he was molested at age 11, police said.

Goose Creek investigators have obtained arrest warrants to charge Moore with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and three counts of committing a lewd act on a minor, city spokeswoman Casey Hoskins said. He is expected to appear in municipal court this afternoon for a bail hearing, she said.

Moore remained in custody Wednesday at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center in Berkeley County, where he is being held in lieu of $375,000 bail on charges stemming from the previous allegations, according to a jail official.

Moore's attorney, Eduardo Curry, could not be reached for comment on the latest charges. Last week, Curry appealed for people to withhold judgment on the pastor until all the facts are known.

Moore is a registered sex offender who pleaded guilty in 1989 and 1991 to molesting two young girls. He founded Full Word Ministries after his release from prison in 2000.


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