Former Preacher Cops 60 Years in Federal Prison For Sex Crimes in Fiji

A 43-year-old former preacher who pleaded guilty to sexual crimes committed in Fiji, over three years, has been sentenced to 60 years in a federal prison in Florida.

The US Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Florida said from March 2013 through February 2016, Moore engaged in “Illicit Sexual Conduct in Foreign Places” specifically in Fiji, where he was serving as a missionary.

After serving his prison sentence, he will enter a period of lifelong supervised release. He will also be obligated to register as a sex offender and adhere to all the associated conditions.

“Individuals who masquerade under a disguise of public trust and prey on the vulnerability of children in their own home should expect to be held fully accountable for their actions,” said HSI Tallahassee Assistant Special Agent in Charge Nicholas Ingegno. “I commend the victim for having the courage to come forward.”

FDLE Pensacola Special Agent in Charge Chris Williams said, “As a former preacher, Moore had plenty of access to children in a role that placed him in a position of trust for parents and the community. Taking this dangerous predator off the streets was a priority for our agents. I thank them for their commitment to this case as well as that of our partners. I’m glad to know Moore will be in prison for years to come.”

Special Agents from the Department of Homeland Security and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Santa Rosa County arrested Moore in late 2022 after victims came forward regarding their sexual abuse.

Moore was involved in relief efforts in a village in Ra following Tropical Cyclone Winston that struck Fiji in late February 2016.

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