Gallia man sentenced to 17 months in prison

By Dean Wright -

Roger Moore

Roger Moore

Photo courtesy of Gallia County Sheriff’s Office

GALLIPOLIS — Roger Moore, 45, was sentenced to 17 months in prison Wednesday for violating the terms of his adult community control with Gallia County Common Pleas Court.

The Gallia County Grand Jury originally indicted Moore on two counts of felony domestic violence from a 2012 guilty plea. Moore was ordered to serve two years of community control and told to have no contact with the victims of the crime.

“On July 16, 2012, officers with the Gallipolis Police Department responded to the 1400 block of Eastern Avenue to a reported assault that was occurring outside of a residence,” said Britt Wiseman, Gallia County assistant prosecutor. “Officers arrived and located the Defendant, Roger A. Moore. Officers were familiar with Roger A. Moore based upon his arrest the previous week for domestic violence and his subsequent plea of guilty to domestic violence in the Gallipolis Municipal Court. It was established, based upon witness statements and injuries to the victims, that felony charges for domestic violence would be pursued by Gallia County Prosecutor Jeff Adkins.”

According to Gallia County Assistant Prosecutor Eric Mulford, in December 2013, the Gallia County Adult Probation Department filed papers for violations of community control because Moore allegedly failed to report and notify a change of address to the office and for not providing documentation of completing a course with Spectrum Outreach Services.

“The month of October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is held to bring public awareness to the serious crime of violence against household members,” said Gallia County Prosecutor Jeff Adkins. “Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault and or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner or household member against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats and emotional or psychological abuse. Domestic violence is an epidemic across this country and it affects communities regardless of socioeconomic status, gender, race or age. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute which equates to 10 million abuse victims per year.”

According to the prosecutor, his office has a full-time victim’s advocate to assist domestic violence victims during the court proceedings of an alleged abuser. The advocate also connects them with resources in the community to aid in difficulties. The office’s goal is to provide domestic violence victims with a sense of safety and to assist them during the prosecution process and well after criminal proceedings have finished.

Members of the Gallia County Prosectutor’s Office have received training in victim advocacy from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and in prosecuting sexual assault cases by the National District Attorney’s Association within recent months.

“My office remains committed to prosecuting those who engage in domestic violence as it has no place in our community,” Adkins said.

Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.

Roger Moore Moore Photo courtesy of Gallia County Sheriff’s Office

By Dean Wright