The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

January 21, 2014

Man enters plea to corrupting minors

SHARON — The Ohio man charged with exposing himself last fall to girls walking to school has pleaded guilty to one charge in the case.

Justin Fay Moore, 24, of Burghill, entered an Alford plea Jan. 13 to a felony charge of corrupting the morals of minors.

In making an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit his guilt, but acknowledges that sufficient evidence likely exists for conviction at trial.

The plea can be used in cases when a defendant doesn’t remember his actions because of the effects of alcohol, drugs or mental condition. An Alford plea allows the case to proceed to sentencing.

A charge of indecent exposure won’t be prosecuted in the plea agreement negotiated between prosecutors and Moore’s attorney and approved by Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher St. John.

The 10 initial counts Moore faced of corruption of minors and indecent exposure were consolidated to two counts before his plea to a single corruption charge.

St. John ordered drug and alcohol and mental health evaluations by Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission and an evaluation by the state Sexual Offenders Assessment Board to determine whether Moore is a sexually violent predator before he is sentenced in the spring.

Moore was accused of exposing himself Sept. 19 to five teenage girls in two separate groups who were making their way to Sharon Middle/High School. Police said the girls reported that a man pulled alongside them in a van, exposed himself, masturbated and drove away.

Investigators used descriptions of the vehicle to track Moore and police arrested him later that day at his home.

Moore has been in Mercer County Jail since then after failing to post bond.

According to court documents, Moore was prosecuted in 2012 for a similar offense. Sharon police charged him Jan. 13, 2012, with indecent exposure and open lewdness.

Moore later pleaded no contest to the open lewdness charge and the indecent exposure charge was not prosecuted.

Judge Robert G. Yeatts sentenced him last July 30 to 13 days to 1 year in Mercer County Jail to be followed by probation in that case.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Prison term upheld for sex offender

    A sex offender challenging a 4- to 8-year prison sentence for a probation violation lost an appeal of that sentence.

    April 23, 2014

  • Man, 24, must register as sex offender for life

    The Ohio man who exposed himself to Sharon girls on their way to school last fall must register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life when he gets out of jail.

    April 23, 2014

  • Man deemed predator – for now

    A former Sharon man was sent to the state prison system Tuesday for corrupting the morals of a teenage girl, but the question of whether his penalties under Megan’s Law will stand could be subject to future legal proceedings.

    April 23, 2014

  • Not even waste will be wasted

    Tom Darby admits he wishes the startup of the anaerobic digestion process at the Hermitage Water Pollution Control Plant had moved along much faster.

    April 23, 2014

  • 3rd Earth Fest draws families to Penn State

    Penn State Shenango’s Earth Fest has become a spring tradition for area residents.
    Families poured into downtown Sharon for the campus’ third annual sustainability celebration.

    April 22, 2014

  • Amish clean Shenango River Volunteers protect Shenango River

    Shenango River Watchers has spent more than a decade working to clean up the Shenango and improve recreational access to its water and banks.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • For many, recycling’s become way of life

    When Pennsylvania mandated curbside recycling for its larger municipalities in 1998 – those with more than 5,000 people – there was grumbling about government interference in the lives of everyday people.

    April 22, 2014

  • Many items can’t be thrown away

    The computer screen in front of you isn’t likely to do you much harm, at least not until it’s tossed in a landfill where the lead-filled components start to leak and eventually find their way into your drinking water, according to Jerry Zona, director of the Lawrence-Mercer County Recycling/Solid Waste department.

    April 22, 2014

  • David Sykes' solar panels Earthworks

    While touring Germany last year, David Sykes spotted solar panels resting in a residential back yard.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Burned using Icy Hot, woman claims

    A Grove City woman has sued Chattem Inc. and Rite Aid of Pennsylvania Inc., alleging she suffered a second-degree chemical burn using one of Chattem’s Icy Hot pain relief products.

    April 21, 2014

  • Family outing Family friendly

    “We’re No. 5’’ isn’t a sports cheer you’ll hear any time soon.
    But considering the lumps the greater area has gotten over the years on economic rankings, it’s an outright victory.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • To demolish or not Tear it down? Fix it up?

    In 2007, Richard D. Givens bought a home at 831 Knobwood Drive in Hermitage for $245,000.
    Today, the city of Hermitage is seeking the demolition of the now-vacant house, arguing the damage from water infiltration makes the structure not worth saving.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • News briefs from April 19, 2014

    April 19, 2014

  • Man admits having child porn

    A Mercer man accused of soliciting and downloading photographs of nude teenage girls pleaded guilty April 8 to sexual abuse of children for possessing child pornography.

    April 19, 2014

  • Police getting new tool to fight crime

    Sharon police working at crime scenes will be putting a powerful new investigative tool to work as soon as next month.

    April 19, 2014