A jury found a man not guilty on all counts on Nov. 17 in a sex crimes case in Wilkes Superior Court.
Kevin Jerome Moore, 51, of Happy Corner Road, Traphill, was charged with 11 counts of indecent liberties with a child, two counts of statutory sex offense with a child by an adult and one count of attempted statutory sex offense with a child by an adult.
The 12 jurors deliberated for about three hours before returning with its not guilty verdicts at 4:45 p.m. Nov. 17.
Attorney Jay Vannoy of North Wilkesboro, who represented Moore, said in an interview after the verdicts were returned, “These are very difficult and emotional cases for all involved.”
Vannoy added, “We are certainly happy with the outcome and I’m glad that my client has been vindicated. The jurors listened closely to all of the evidence through the entire two-week trial and we appreciate their service.”
The three females identified as victims in the case testified.
One is now an adult but was a juvenile in the 1990s when some of the offenses identified in a Wilkes Sheriff’s Office investigation occurred. The other two are now ages 15 and 12.
The sheriff’s office investigation determined that offenses occurred over a period of years. Moore was arrested in 2020 and had been released from custody under bond.
Jury selection began Nov. 7 and Assistant District Attorney Matthew D. Leach began presenting the state’s case on Nov. 9.Assistant District Attorney Alex S. Falls assisted Leach.
Vannoy presented the defendant’s case Nov. 14-16. Closing arguments were made on Nov. 17.
Superior Court Judge Lora C. Cubbage of Greensboro was the presiding judge.