14 Year Old Boy Text "Help Me" To Hotel Staff After Man Attempts to Molest Him

Submitted by Take Out on Wed, 01/30/2019 - 15:10

A man has been arrested in Columbia County after a boy contacted an employee for help in a hotel room.

47-year-old Richard Hunt Moore, Jr., is charged with Contributing to the Delinquency, Unruliness or Deprivation of a Minor. He's also facing charges of a sexual nature, including Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes, Attempted Aggravated Child Molestation, and Computer or Electronic Pornography.

Moore was staying at the Red Roof Inn at 4328 Belair Frontage Road when he called the front desk about his television not working. When the employee went upstairs, a 14-year-old boy took her cell phone and typed "HELP ME" in a text message.

When the employee got downstairs and saw the message, she contacted the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

When deputies spoke with the teen, he said he was walking along Belair Road to a nearby Circle K when a white four-door Cadillac driven by Moore pulled up beside him. He says Moore told him to get into the car.

Once in the car, the teen says Moore gave him some sort of clear lubricant before driving back to Moore's hotel room.

Once they were in the room, the teen victim began to feel "uncomfortable" and that's when the clerk came in for the TV. When the employee went downstairs, Moore followed before getting into his car and driving away.

A warrant says Moore took the teen to the hotel room to commit sexual acts, planned to commit an act of sodomy with the child under age 16, and he took and exchanged nude pictures of himself and the teen.

Deputies found Moore in a parking lot on Jimmie Dyess Parkway, where they arrested him.

An investigation is ongoing.

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