Orange County authorities arrested 36-year-old Marcus Delamez Moore on Saturday after “a juvenile reported concerns to her mother upon returning home from a sleepover at a friend’s house,” according to a Monday evening press release.
Moore was charged with three counts of indecent liberties and two counts of sexual battery.” A subsequent investigation revealed a second victim, adding on one count of each charge for Moore.
Authorities said Moore had “a romantic relationship with an adult household member where the sleepover took place.”
“Cases like this are very hard, not only on the survivors, but on their families and others in the community,” Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood said in the release. “When trust is violated, it is a natural response to feel scared, angry, and vulnerable. If you or a loved one is struggling to cope in the aftermath of sexual violence, please call the Orange County Rape Crisis Center’s Help Line at (866) 935-4783. Trained staff and volunteers are available to provide support and make referrals to other services such as therapy or support groups.”
Moore is being held under an $80,000 secured bond after his first court appearance Monday afternoon.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at (919) 245-2900 or the investigator directly at (919) 245-2939.
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