PARKERSBURG - Lonnie Wayne Moore Sr., a former Wood County Schools computer technician, pleaded guilty Friday to two felony counts in Wood County Circuit Court.
Moore, 46, pleaded guilty to charges of possessing material depicting a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct and incest. Judge Robert Waters set a hearing to rule on the plea and possible sentencing for 11:30 a.m. Nov. 20. He said all possible dispositions in the case will be considered.
Moore was indicted by the January grand jury on 30 counts of possessing material depicting a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct and one count each of incest, third-degree sexual assault and sexual abuse by a custodian from September 2008. As part of the plea agreement, the remaining 31 counts will be dismissed.
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Lonnie Wayne Moore Sr., right, signs his plea agreement in Wood County Circuit Court. He was represented by Bill Summers, left.
After the plea Moore faces up to two years in prison for the possession of child pornography charge and five to 15 years for the incest charge for a possible six to 17 years in prison if the sentences are consecutive and up to 50 years of supervised release. After release he will be required to register with the state police for life as a sex offender.
Waters said the victim in the incident accepted the agreement. Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Troisi said the agreement served the public interest since it would allow the court to incarcerate Moore for up to 17 years.
While Moore admitted he put the pornographic images on his computer, he said he erased them and was not sure how they were replaced. He also admitted he took pictures of the incest incident but the photos were erased. Moore said the incident took place when he and his wife were having domestic problems and he was intoxicated.
He also granted a defense motion for Moore to have a psychological evaluation that is required so the court can consider alternate sentencing in the case.
Moore remains free on bond to await sentencing. On Aug. 31 Moore resigned from his position with the school district. His resignation was approved by the Wood County Board of Education during its Sept. 8 meeting.
In another hearing on Friday, Dustin Len Smith, 36, 1109 Race St., Parkersburg, was sentenced after his July plea of guilty to a misdemeanor bill of information charging him with cruelty to animals. Judge J.D. Beane sentenced Smith to six months in the North Central Regional Jail suspended for two years probation.
He was fined $1,000 and was ordered to pay $45 restitution to Kincaid Animal Hospital.