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Overland Park man sentenced for sexual battery on teen boy

Updated: 2013-03-28T20:40:54Z

By TONY RIZZO

The Kansas City Star

An Overland Park man was sentenced today to a year in jail for inappropriately touching a teenage boy during a sleepover at the man’s home.

Johnson County District Judge Brenda Cameron sentenced Scott Preston Moore to the maximum sentence after a jury found him guilty in January of a misdemeanor count of sexual battery.

Cameron denied Moore’s request for probation and also denied his release on bond while he appeals the conviction.

The victim, who was 16 at the time of the 2010 incident, was spending the night at a friend’s house when he reported being awakened by a light and then someone touching his penis over his clothing.

Moore, 46, was accused of a similar crime in Massachusetts in 2011. That incident occurred at a commuter train station and involved a 16-year-old boy who alleged that he was groped as he walked along a train platform.

A jury could not reach a verdict in that case, but Moore could be retried in it.

At Moore’s trial in Johnson County, Assistant District Attorney Erika Rasmussen also introduced testimony about incidents in 2005 and 2006 during overnight church retreats in Linn County, Kan. Moore was one of the adults at the retreat, and several teenage boys reported that someone touched or attempted to touch them as they slept.

Only one of those incidents was reported to police, but no charges were filed against Moore in either case.

As a result of the conviction, he must register as a sexual offender.

To reach Tony Rizzo, call 816-234-4435 or send email to trizzo@kcstar.com.

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