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Man accused of raping mentally challenged man heads to trial

By Maria Miller


RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- An elderly Cambria County man accused of raping a mentally challenged man will head to trial.

James Moore was supposed to go before a judge for Tuesday morning, but after meeting with his family and defense attorney for more than an hour he waived his preliminary hearing.

Investigators tell 6 News that the details of the case and what they found inside Moore's apartment are too graphic to discuss. They said they're just thankful the victim was able to gain the courage to come forward and tell his family and police what happened.

"The victim talked to the mother and explained the whole situation to her," said Detective Kevin Lehman of the Richland Township Police Department. "She notified victim's services and I interviewed the victim."

Without going into the graphic detail spelled out in the criminal complaint, police say Moore, 87, is accused of assaulting and raping a mentally challenged man at least three separate times inside his Richland Township apartment.

"I obtained a search warrant for the suspect's apartment and the items we found in the apartment corroborated with the victim's statement," said Lehman.

Even though the victim i years old, police say he's much younger intellectually, but still understands what happened.

"He's on a kindergarten level. He's very articulate but still you would know he's on a kindergarten level," said Lehman. "He absolutely knows what's going on."

6 News went to court on Tuesday hoping to see Moore, but instead his defense attorney ushered him out a back door and into a waiting car that sped off. His family had no comment.

In the meantime, Richland Township police say they've kept in close contact with the victim and his family and say they're holding up well.

"They're pleased he didn't have to testify at this level," said Lehman. "But they do understand that he may have to testify when it goes up to court."


Moore is not in jail. He was released after his arrest last week due to health problems. Police tell 6 News he's being supervised by family members.

 
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