Child sex abuse suspect set for April court date

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBIANA – A 50-year-old Alabaster man who has been charged with allegedly sexually abusing an underage victim is set to appear in court in late April after his Feb. 2 court date was continued.



A grand jury in October 2014 indicted James Harrison Moore, who lists an address on Wilderness Lane in Alabaster, on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of first-degree sodomy.

Moore was scheduled to appear in the Shelby County Circuit Court for a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 2, but his court date was continued until April 27 at 8:30 a.m.

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 the three felony counts.

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.