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Convicted sex offender gets 40 years in prison

A previously convicted sex offender who was found guilty in April of raping a child has been sentenced to 40 years in prison with no parole, announced Shelby County Dist. Atty. Amy Weirich.

James Catreal Moore was wearing an ankle monitor from a previous conviction when he was caught sexually abusing a young girl in November 2012 at a Cordova residence.

In April, jurors took less than an hour to convict him of rape of a child and aggravated sexual battery.

He was sentenced Friday by Criminal Court Judge James Beasley Jr.
Moore, 36, still faces criminal charges of violating his lifetime community supervision requirements.

In 2008, Moore pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated rape involving a 16-yearold girl and attempted rape of a 12-year-old child. He served part of an eight-year sentence and was paroled in 2012.

Moore also had a 2001 conviction in Kansas for aggravated indecent liberties with a child. He is a registered violent sex offender in Tennessee.

The most recent case against Moore was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Katie Ratton and Josh Corman of the DA’s Special Victims Unit which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.

SVU reviews child-victim cases cooperatively with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team.

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