Another Child Molester Sent to Prison, LIVINGSTON, February 4, 2009 - Polk County Criminal District Attorney William Lee Hon's wheels of justice continue to turn as another child molester was sent to prison. On Tuesday, February 3, 2009, 258th District Judge Elizabeth Coker handed down two 25 year sentences to Ricky Lynn Moore, 34, of Livingston. Moore is a repeat offender charged with molesting children as young as 3 years old. Moore was sentenced after pleading “No Contest” to two felony Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child indictments.
The first indictment alleged that Moore had molested a 6 year old male family member in December of 2006. The second indictment alleged that he had molested a 5 year old girl in June of 2008. Moore also had indictments pending against him for the Aggravated Sexual Assault of a 3 year old female alleged to have occurred in December of 2006; and for Indecency with a Child stemming from an allegation of improper touching of an 11 year old female acquaintance in August of 2008. Those indictments were taken into consideration in the plea bargain agreement. In regard to Aggravated Sexual Assault offense committed in June of 2008, Hon stated that “Moore’s case was the first Polk County case prosecuted under ‘Jessica’s Law” which was passed by the Texas Legislature in 2007. According to Hon, the impact of Jessica’s Law upon Moore’s sentence is that “there will be no parole eligibility for that 25 year sentence. In other words Moore will have to serve that entire sentence day-for-day.” He will also be subject to lifetime registration as a sex offender upon release. “These were cases that, had they gone to trial, could very well have resulted in more severe sentences for this defendant,” Hon stated. “At the same time, after consulting with the families of the victims, we felt it was desirable that these young children avoid having to go to court and relive the trauma of their abuse on the witness stand if at all possible,” Hon added. “Thanks to Jessica’s Law, we were able to obtain a measure of justice for these young victims and ensure that this sexual abuser will be off the streets and unable to reoffend for a very long time--- with no possibility of parole,” Hon concluded.
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