Sexual abuse of teen suspect appearing in court in September

Published 10:12 am Thursday, August 28, 2014

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBIANA – A 49-year-old Alabaster man who has been charged with allegedly sexually abusing a teen victim is scheduled to appear in Shelby County District Court in early September, according to court documents.



James Harrison Moore II, who lists an address in the 200 block of Wilderness Lane in Alabaster, is scheduled to appear before District Court Judge Dan Reeves at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 10 at the Shelby County Courthouse in Columbiana. Moore likely will have an attorney appointed to represent him during the September hearing, according to court documents.

Moore was released from jail after posting bonds on June 27, which was four days after he was arrested by the Alabaster Police Department and charged with two felony counts of first-degree sodomy and one felony count of first-degree sexual abuse.

Moore’s arrest came after a member of the victim’s family told police Moore allegedly sexually abused the teenage victim over the “last couple of years,” Alabaster Police Chief Curtis Rigney said previously.

Because the victim is a juvenile, Rigney said he was unable to release many details about the crime.

First-degree sodomy is a Class A felony, and first-degree sexual abuse is a Class C felony. Class A felonies carry prison sentences of up to 99 years, and Class C felonies carry sentences of up to 10 years.