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July 19, 2012

Moore arrested for attempted rape

Corbin businessman was on bond from indictment of previous child rape charges

CORBIN — By Charlotte Underwood / Staff writer

A Corbin businessman was arrested Wednesday on attempted rape charges for a crime he allegedly committed while on bond from being indicted on seven counts of previous child rape charges, according to a Campbell County Tenn., Sheriff’s Department detective.

Robert Moore, 63, of Jacksboro, Tenn., turned himself into authorities around 10:15 a.m., after a sealed indictment was handed down on July 11, charging Moore with attempted rape, according to Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Detective Ricky Jeffers.

The indictment referred to an incident that occurred on or around April 1, in which Moore allegedly attempted to rape a 36-year-old Campbell County woman who was a patient of his, according to Jeffers.

 Moore is a co-owner of the Beltone Hearing and Audiology Center on Main Street in Corbin.

 “She had been a patient of his since 2007 and had over the years done odd jobs and ran errands for him,” Jeffers said, explaining that on or about April 1, Moore had contacted the victim and asked her to meet him at the LaFollette, Tenn., Beltone Hearing Aid Center on West Central Avenue.

“That is where the attack occurred,” Jeffers said.

Moore was out on bond at the time of the attempted rape from previous charges of rape of a child and sexual battery of a minor, according to an eight-count indictment that was handed down by a Campbell County Grand Jury in early March. Moore was booked into the Campbell County Jail on Feb. 22 and bonded out shortly after, according to court documents.

The seven charges of rape of a child related to seven different occurrences beginning in the fall of 2009 through the spring of 2011, court documents indicate. Those charges involved a female who was about 9-years-old in the fall of 2009. The sexual battery charge related to an incident in the summer of 2007 and involved another female minor.

Moore denied the original eight-count indictment charges, saying that they were “bogus.” He said he fired an employee for stealing and that employee made false accusations against him.

He goes to trial for the seven-counts of rape of a child and the one count of sexual battery at 9 a.m., on Sept. 13 at the Campbell County Courthouse.

Jeffers, who has been working on the case for several months now said he “hopes if there are any more victims out there, that they will come forward with information” and contact him at the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department at 423-562-7446.

An indictment is a formal charge by a grand jury and is not a conviction or an admission of guilt.

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