One-Time Sunday School Teacher Sentenced for Sexual Assault

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email
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He's guilty of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in the basement of a springs church, but the one-time Sunday school teacher is a free man Monday night. Jon Moore was sentenced Monday for sexually assaulting a church member over the course of three years.

Moore will now have to register as a sex offender. Church members say he served the church for years, but now he’s serving time, sentenced to 10 years to life on probation. The judge also sentenced him to 60 days in jail. He had already served 76 days while he was waiting for this sentencing, so he got credit for time served.

At Lighthouse Baptist Church, Jon Moore reportedly had several jobs, according to church's head pastor, James Carroll. "He worked on the web, helped with the audio and taught Sunday school."

“I want to go home and be with my family. I want to prove to my community that I’m not a monster and I'm not a threat," Moore said during his sentencing hearing. He apologized to the victim, to his church and to his wife of 28 years.

"I'm not asking for forgiveness because I can't forgive myself. I don't now if I'll ever be able to."

Moore's daughter also spoke on her father's behalf. "I believe in my heart that nothing like this will ever happen again."

A family friend of the victim says the girl hasn't been the same since. "She's afraid to go to school. She can't relate to men." Usually during a suspect's sentencing, the victim will speak, but her family moved out of state.

The head pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church said Moore's real punishment starts now when he returns to the church and faces the congregation.

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