Actor Harold Moore, known for his appearances in “Single Ladies,” “CSI” and Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne,” was convicted Friday of violating a 15-year-old girl in Gwinnett County.
Moore, who had reportedly been playing Dr. Dre in a forthcoming Tupac Shakur biopic, is facing five to 20 years in prison.
The jury returned its verdict after more than nine hours of deliberation, finding him guilty of sneaking into the girl’s bedroom and touching her early in the morning on Nov. 25, 2012, according to a news release from the Gwinnett district attorney’s office.
Defense attorney Shannon Briley-Holmes has already prepared a motion for a new trial, which she shared with the Daily Post. The document is critical of Judge Timothy Hamil’s decisions on the bench.
One point she said she took exception to was Hamil allowing the state to refer to the victim as a “victim” in court.
“The Court stated words to the effect of, ‘The State will call the victim whatever it wants to,’” Briley-Holmes wrote in the motion. “Really? Could the State call the victim Mother Teresa?”
Moore testified during the trial, which was prosecuted by Nigel Lush, and maintained his innocence, but the defendant couldn’t explain why the girl would falsely accuse him, said Dan Mayfield, chief assistant DA.
The victim, whose connection to the defendant wasn’t released, made an outcry to a friend immediately after the crime.
Gwinnett police Cpl. Ben Ervin of the special victim’s unit interviewed the victim and Moore.
Harold Moore2“The victim stated the defendant had touched her on previous occasions that made her uncomfortable by tickling her on parts of her body and adjusting her bra strap,” Mayfield said.
Moore had been out on bond since his arrest in 2012 and living in Los Angeles but was immediately arrested after the verdict.
Before acting, he worked as a behavioral therapist. He still calls himself “an advocate for youth development and education,” the profile says.
His sentencing hearing hasn’t been scheduled.