The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

September 18, 2013

87-year-old suspect waives hearing in sex assault case

Patrick Buchnowski
pbuchnowski@tribdem.com

JOHNSTOWN — A Richland Township man accused of sexually assaulting a 44-year-old mentally disabled man will answer rape charges in Cambria County court.

James E. Moore, 87, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday before District Judge Max Pavlovich of Richland.

Township police charged Moore with rape of a disabled person, attempted rape, two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and one count each of aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault.

In a criminal complaint, police said the other man, who has the mental capacity of a 5-year-old, told his mother that Moore sexually assaulted him on Aug. 16, 17 and 20 at an apartment in Richland.

“It’s always disturbing to see when people commit crimes because of someone’s age and mental impairment,” Assistant District Attorney Tamara Bernstein said.

Moore is free on bond. He is being represented by the Cambria County Public Defender’s Office. No trial date has been scheduled.



Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/PatBuchnowskiTD.