One-Time Sunday School Teacher Sentenced for Sexual Assault

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email

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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  • by one time member Location: Iraq on Feb 26, 2009 at 05:11 AM
    As I sit here and Listen to the gun fire from troops test firiring their weapons to go on patroll I can only think back at the LBH that exsisted on Biju street a close church family friendly people and good sound teaching. But when the church moved into the new building something changed suits where the unspoken rule for the men clicks where forming and people where shunned it was sad many times I went to services and said hi to some one and they turned there backs on me as if not to here a greeting of a day preached from the pulpit was in order to have friends you have to be friendly they talked the talk but would never bend to except people that had a past or did not fit thier group but Jon at the right hand of the Pastor having sex in this new church with child of a member of the church where were her parents where was the pastor who did what to who and when realy who cares point the fingers where ever you want but it was the attitude of the leadership that allowed this to happen
  • by member Location: cos on Jan 27, 2009 at 05:02 PM
    Anon ~ I completely agree with you. Both were at fault and both parties KNEW what they were doing.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2009 at 08:03 PM
    unless you were there and you saw the way people acted, keep your opinion to yourself. you have no place to talk trash about someone you don't know. and ESPECIALLY when you don't know anything about the girl who RIPPED THAT FAMILY APART. she KNEW what she was doing just as well as he did. BOTH PARTIES ARE AT FAULT.
  • by CJ Location: COS on Jan 16, 2009 at 08:49 AM
    I am a current member............better?
  • by former Location: cs on Jan 14, 2009 at 05:08 PM
    I was defending Chelsea and did not mean to begin anything with what I said. I know for a fact that former members are spoken of in a not so nice way from the pulpit, it happened while I was a member. I left because things were not being done in a Biblical manner. I was not asked to leave. You want us to leave our name, but yet you don't leave yours, now that is funny!
  • by To former member Location: cos on Jan 14, 2009 at 12:52 PM
    Believe it or not, we CURRENT members have lives and better things to talk about and worry about then where you are currently. We are busy with our own families. Not everyone at our church is as bad as former members like to make us out to be. Here is what cracks me up, some of you former members come on here talking all your talk about our church, about members, about Jon, etc...BUT you won't put your names. WHY? Is it because you have done something wrong? Maybe you HAVE been asked to leave our church? Why did you stay at our church for so long?
  • by chels turner on Jan 12, 2009 at 04:06 PM
    well if u dont mind me knowing who u r and talkin more my email is down there and so is my myspace u just look me up by my name or on facebook
  • by Former Member Location: CS on Jan 12, 2009 at 09:30 AM
    No problem Chelsea. Just get on with your lives and ignore comments like that. Please understand that not all former members are as bad as we are talked about.
  • by chels turner Location: co on Jan 9, 2009 at 06:12 PM
    hey doyle email me k its down there in one of my comments
  • by Doyle Location: Florida on Jan 9, 2009 at 11:30 AM
    I don't know all of the answers, but I do know Jon Moore and I feel he meant what he said when he said he wanted to prove things to his community and his family. Chels, tell your Dad to call me. He has my number. I wish the best for both families! I do know this, God is still on the throne and He is still in control! I agree with "former member" that the judge did what he thought was right based on the testimonies heard and time already served. All of us are one decision away from "stupid". Thank God that He is the God of second chances. God has a plan for all of us or we wouldn't be here. Everyone needs to remember that Jon has a family too that is hurting and we need to remember that whatever we put in writng here hurts his family even more. They've been through enough. All I can say is "let the healing begin"!
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