Moore alleged to have molested minor

Former Port Orchard City Councilman Tye C. Moore was back in jail this week after being arrested Sunday night for child molestation, according to the Port Orchard Police Department.

As of Thursday, Moore, 37, was still in custody on $50,000 bail after pleading not-guilty to one count of second-degree molestation.

His alleged victim is a female family member under 18 years of age.

According to the POPD incident report, one of the victim’s siblings contacted police to report the alleged abuse. An officer then visited the home where the victim was staying with another adult family member, who confirmed that she told him the suspect had touched her inappropriately.

According to the family member, the victim said that Moore had touched her on two occasions since he was released from Peninsula Work Release two months ago, after serving time on a 2006 forgery conviction.

The victim said similar contact between them had occurred four years ago.

The family member said he was told of the incidents during a gathering at the suspect’s home in Port Orchard, and he informed the victim’s mother.

He said that the mother confronted the suspect, who admitted to the abuse.

Moore was elected to the Port Orchard City Council in November of 2005, and had barely served six months in June of 2006 when Kitsap County Prosecutors accused him of forging checks from a home construction business to pay for personal expenses and his political campaign.

He was convicted in October of 2006 of seven counts of forgery and one count each of first-degree and second-degree theft, and sentenced to 25 months in prison.

His next court date on the molestation charge is scheduled for March 5.

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