Alabaster man indicted on child sex abuse charges

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBIANA – A Shelby County grand jury has returned a three-count indictment against an Alabaster man who has been charged with alleged sexual abuse of a juvenile victim.



The grand jury in late October indicted 50-year-old James Harrison Moore, who lists an address in the 200 block of Wilderness Lane in Alabaster, on one count of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of first-degree sodomy.

Moore is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges during a Dec. 1 hearing at the Shelby County Courthouse at 8:30 a.m., according to court records.

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.