David Daniel Moore, 53, of Maiden, was sentenced to an active prison term of 18 to 27 years following his conviction for two counts of statutory sex offense.
The Honorable Athena F. Brooks, Superior Court Judge from Henderson County, imposed the prison term for Moore after he pleaded guilty during Catawba County Superior Court on Wednesday, October 9, 2019.
The defendant also will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison. He will serve his incarceration period in the custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
The defendant had been a long-time friend of the victim’s family, as pointed out by her father and grandmother when they addressed the Court.
Investigation of the offenses by Conover Police Department started in April 2018 when the female victim divulged that the defendant had touched her private area in an inappropriate manner.
The victim was then referred to the Children’s’ Advocacy and Protection Center (CAPC) of Catawba County. The CAPC conducted a forensic interview of the victim, which led to a full disclosure of the defendant’s crimes and precipitated the investigation into Moore.
Moore was interviewed by law enforcement and admitted to committing the acts on the victim, indicating that they started in November 2017 and happened on several occasions.
The victim addressed the Court and the defendant, saying, “I’m not letting it define me or who I want to be. You picked the wrong girl and family to mess with. I hope you get the punishment you deserve.”
Her father added, “This has been the hardest thing for this family to deal with. I trusted this person with everything I had, including my kids. This is a betrayal of trust that can never be forgiven or forgotten.”
The victim’s father and grandmother both expressed their thanks to Conover Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office and the Court for their efforts in handling the case.
Jerry LaPage led the investigation for Conover Police Department. Melissa Ammons with the CAPC performed the victim’s forensic interview and assisted the victim’s family in her role as a victim’s advocate as the case progressed through court. Scott Lippert prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.
CONTACT: Nathan Key