Decade in prison for sex assault on elderly Spring Grove-area woman

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A Heidelberg Township man who sexually assaulted a woman in her 80s must serve more than a decade in state prison.

Lance Edward Moore, 49, appeared in York County Court on Tuesday, Oct. 2, and was sentenced to 10¼ to 20½ years in prison, according to Kyle King, spokesman for the York County District Attorney's Office.

Moore was given credit for the 626 days he has already spent locked up, according to court records.

Lance Moore

Also on Tuesday, presiding Common Pleas Judge Gregory M. Snyder designated Moore as a sexually violent predator, King said.

That's a specific classification under the state's Megan's Law. Those deemed to be sexually violent predators must register for life with state police and engage in mandatory sex-offender counseling and treatment, according to Pennsylvania's Sexual Offender Assessment Board.

Residents, schools, daycare centers and others are alerted by state police when a sexually violent predator moves into their neighborhood, according to SOAB.

Victim's bravery: Chief deputy prosecutor Chuck Murphy spoke of the bravery of the elderly woman, both in coming forward in the first place and then testifying at Moore's trial.

The woman has physically recovered, he said.

She wrote a victim-impact letter to the court in which she said she hopes Moore gets the help he needs, according to Murphy.

"She said she's afraid of him," Murphy told The York Dispatch.

The woman's advocate/aide with the York County Agency on Aging attended Tuesday's sentencing, after which she went straight to the victim's home to let her know Moore's sentence, Murphy said.

The prosecutor praised the "really outstanding investigation" done by Southwestern Regional Police and the lead detective, Sgt. Lisa Layden.

The background: A jury on Wednesday, July 11, found Moore guilty of the first-degree felony of attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion and the first-degree misdemeanor of indecent assault by forcible compulsion, according to York County court records.

Jurors acquitted him of a number of charges, including rape and sexual assault, court records state.

Moore sexually assaulted an 81-year-old woman in January 2017, Southwestern Regional Police have said.

Moore also has a pending case in York County Court in which he is charged with possession of child pornography, according to court records.

Southwestern Regional Police filed that charge in August 2017, court records state.

Moore's criminal history in York County includes guilty pleas to making terroristic threats, simple assault and driving under the influence/4th or subsequent offense, according to court records.

It also includes no-contest pleas to aggravated assault and drug possession with intent to deliver, records state.

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