JROTC instructor indicted on sexual child abuse charges

Sgt. Moore worked at Columbia high school for 5 years

June 10, 2010|By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

A grand jury indicted a 51-year-old JROTC instructor at a Howard County high school who was charged with having sex with a 17-year-old female student in a school supply closet, police said.

Sgt. Charles Ray Moore of Bowie, who police said had sexual contact with a senior member of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Atholton High School in Columbia over a two-day period in May, was indicted by the Howard County grand jury Wednesday.

Moore, of the 3100 block of Aventine Lane, was charged with sexual child abuse and sexual child abuse by a person in a position of authority in May, after the teen's mother reported the incidents to officials, Howard County police said.

According to charging documents, the victim told police that Moore instructed her to enter a supply closet in the JROTC classroom on May 13 and that he kissed and fondled her. They returned to the supply closet on the following day and had sexual intercourse, according to the documents.

He had been at the school for five years.

Moore was released from the Howard County Detention Center after posting a $7,500 unsecured bond.

jkanderson@baltsun.com

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