Trial date set for Alabaster child sex abuse suspect

Published 9:48 am Tuesday, January 9, 2018

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBIANA – A 53-year-old Alabaster man who has been charged with allegedly sexually abusing an underage victim is headed to trial in Shelby County Circuit Court in February, according to scheduling orders recently filed in court.


James Harrison Moore, who lists an address on Wilderness Lane in Alabaster, is set to stand trial on Moore has been indicted by a Shelby County grand jury on three felony counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two felony counts of first-degree sodomy beginning on Feb. 12.

He appeared in court on Jan. 8 for a pretrial docket call, and must appear in court for a plea date on Jan. 30, according to the scheduling order.

The Alabaster Police Department arrested Moore on June 24, 2014, and charged him with two first-degree sodomy charges and one first-degree sexual abuse charge 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.

Moore was released from jail on his original three charges after posting bonds on June 27, 2014, which was four days after he was arrested by the Alabaster Police Department and charged with the three felony counts.

He was re-arrested by Alabaster police on April 6, 2015, after a grand jury indicted him on the two additional first-degree sexual abuse charges. According to the most recent indictments, Moore allegedly subjected a victim “to sexual contact by forcible compulsion” between January 1982 and January 1985. The two new charges came as the result of police investigation, the results of which were turned over to a grand jury for review.

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.