Police: Registered sex offender kissed girl at Codorus State Park

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

Police have filed charges against a registered sex offender for allegedly kissing a young girl while swimming with her at Codorus State Park, according to charging documents.

Marc Eric Moore, 54, of the 600 block of Colonial Drive in Spring Garden Township, was denied bail when he was arraigned by on-duty District Judge Jeffrey Oberdorf Wednesday, Aug. 8.

In denying bail, Oberdorf described Moore as a danger to society, according to court records.

Fall foliage at Codorus State Park,  Monday October 24, 2016.John A. Pavoncello photo

Moore remains in York County Prison, charged with indecent assault of a child less than 13-years-old, corruption of a minor and violating park rules by subjecting a park patron to unwanted physical contact.

About 4:45 p.m. June 24, a woman in the park approached a state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources police officer, saying she was concerned about "activity" between a girl and a man in the park's pool, according to charging documents.

Under surveillance: DCNR Officer Edward Page III watched the child and man, later identified as Moore, for more than 15 minutes, documents state.

"During my observation, the adult male would go under water each time the child did, as well as returning a ball the child was playing with," Page wrote in charging documents.

About that time, a woman swam over to the child, grabbed her by the arm and started to yell at Moore, saying she saw him kiss the girl on her upper back or neck, documents state.

The woman — who was not the child's mother — swam over to Page and repeated that she had seen Moore kissing the child, according to documents.

Marc Eric Moore

Page instructed two other park officers to speak with the child's parents on the opposite side of the pool while Page spoke with Moore, police said.

Moore told the officer "that he was simply playing with the child," documents state.

Page ran Moore's name through state and criminal databases, which revealed Moore is currently on Pennsylvania's sex-offender registry, according to documents.

The girl, whose exact age wasn't listed in public documents, was interviewed July 9 by a forensic interviewer and said that the man gave her "an 'American Kiss' on her neck area, which the child explained was a kiss using the lips, as opposed to a 'Vietnamese Kiss,' which uses the nose," documents state.

Megan's Law sex offender: Moore is a registered sex offender in the state's Megan's Law website.

He was added to the registry in 2010 after pleading guilty to the felony of indecent assault of a child less then 13, according to court records.

Chief deputy prosecutor Chuck Murphy, who oversees the special crimes unit of the York County District Attorney's Office, said nothing in state law limits contact with minors for offenders who are in the registry but who are no longer on probation or parole.

That includes lifetime registrants, he said.

"Generally speaking, the limitations for sex offenders ... come from probation requirements," he said.

Murphy said it's a common misconception that Megan's Law sex offenders have limitations imposed on them after their probationary periods end.

The only requirement of those offenders is that they regularly register with state police, he said. That's done, in part, to ensure an offender's home address, photo, work history and vehicle information are accurate.

It is unclear whether Moore has retained an attorney.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.