North Charleston Pastor Faces Another Charge

Associated Press, carried in Myrtle Beach Online
December 22, 2006

Goose Creek, S.C. - Criminal charges continue to mount against a minister suspected in several sexual assaults, most of them involving males.

North Charleston Pastor Tyrone Moore appeared in court Wednesday, facing a charge of assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct, the ninth charge filed by Goose Creek detectives.

Moore, 39, is accused of simulating a sex act on a 22-year-old member of the church he founded after he served nine years in prison on convictions for two sex-related crimes involving children.

Moore, a registered sex offender, was arrested last month and charged with sexually assaulting a teenage parishioner in 2002 and 2003, when he was 17 years old, police said.

Moore's attorney, Eduardo Curry, has urged the public to withhold judgment on Moore until all of the facts are known.

Seven males in either North Charleston or Goose Creek have accused Moore of attempted or actual sexual abuse. Their ages at the time of the incidents range from preteen to young adult.

Charleston County authorities charged Moore with failing to register as a sex offender after his November arrest. He was out on bail when Goose Creek police filed their first charge against him.

Moore was being held Friday at the Berkeley County jail in Moncks Corner on more than $1 million bail.

Moore started Full Word Ministries after serving nine years in prison.

He was convicted in 1991 on two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child between ages 11 and 14. He also was convicted in 1989 of committing a lewd act on a child under 16.

Information from: The Post and Courier,


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