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Molestation victim’s mother wanted more prison time for Tye Moore

Former Port Orchard City Councilman Tye Moore was sentenced to 41 months (3.4 years) in prison for child molestation last week in Kitsap County Superior Court.

According to court documents, Judge Ted Spearman imposed the maximum sentence Moore could have received for the second-degree molestation charge, which he pleaded guilty to last month.

Moore, 39, was arrested two years ago for molesting a girl less than 14 years old. Prior to Moore’s sentencing on Feb. 9, the victim’s mother said she felt 41 months was not enough time in prison for him.

“He is the most dangerous kind of predator,” she told court staff. “He is a super zealous, super saint with an uncanny ability to deceive and manipulate. He preaches a cult-like brand of Christianity and twists scripture to become more persuasive.”

Since the molestation, the victim’s mother said her daughter has suffered from several physical and emotional difficulties that she believes are a direct result of the abuse, including: she has run away, threatened suicide, cut her wrists, has chronic insomnia, has an eating disorder, violent outbursts and has had to drop out of school.

Moore was elected to the City Council in November of 2005, and had barely served six months when he was accused 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.

Just weeks after being released from prison in February of 2008, Moore was arrested for molestation.

In the meantime, the charge has been dropped, re-filed, and Moore fled to Alabama. After living under aliases that included Israel Harlan and Israel Moore, he was located last fall by a Port Orchard Police officer via an Internet search after he registered to marry his third wife under his real name.

In December, Moore was extradited from Alabama, and will be required to pay the court $1,596 in extradition fees.

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