The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

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June 21, 2013

Ex-pastor convicted of sex crimes

MERCER — A former local pastor was convicted by a jury of molesting a boy over four years.

Lee A. Moore, 47, of Erie, was found guilty Wednesday of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, statutory sexual assault, corruption of a minor and indecent assault, said Assistant Mercer County District Attorney Dan Davis, who prosecuted the case.

“Obviously, the family, especially the victim, are very happy with the verdict, and so are we,” Davis said. “I believe justice was done in this case.”

When Moore is sentenced Sept. 4 by Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas R. Dobson, he will face a mandatory minimum prison term of 5 years on the charge of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, a first-degree felony, Davis said.

The trial ran Tuesday and Wednesday morning with the verdict coming at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, he said.

The victim is now 23, but he was a teenager when the alleged abuse occurred.

Moore lived next to the United Methodist Church on East Butler Street in Mercer, when he caught the boy – then 13 – watching pornography, Mercer police said.

Moore told the boy he would not get in trouble if he allowed him to perform sex acts on the boy, police said. Moore never asked the boy to perform sex acts on him, police said.

Moore allowed the boy to watch porn and showed him porn websites, police said.

The abuse stopped when the victim went to college, police said.

Dobson revoked Moore’s bail following the jury verdict and sent him to jail.

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