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Strongsville man accused of sexually abusing 13-year-old girl in North Ridgeville

September 19, 2018

Strongsville man accused of sexually abusing 13-year-old girl in North Ridgeville

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio -- A Strongsville man is accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl near a North Ridgeville baseball complex, police said.

Michael D. Moore, 25, is charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a third-degree felony, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a first-degree misdemeanor, in the Friday incident near the Shady Drive baseball complex, police said.

A North Ridgeville police officer found Moore with the girl about 7:45 p.m. while she was investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Terrell Drive and Levi Court, a cul-de-sac adjacent to the park, North Ridgeville police Capt. Marti Garrow said.

The vehicle, a 2016 Yamaha motorcycle, was found parked in the area behind the cul-de-sac that leads to the baseball complex, Garrow said. The officer also found a bicycle thrown in weeds by the trial.

The officer continued along the trail toward an extra parking lot for the baseball complex, where she found Moore engaged in unlawful sexual conduct with the girl, Garrow said.

Moore met the girl online and communicated with her over the last month or two, Garrow said.

Investigators believe there may be other instances of unlawful sexual conduct involving Moore and the girl, Garrow said.

Moore waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Elyria Municipal Court. The case was bound over to Lorain County Common Pleas Court.

An Elyria Municipal Court judge issued a restraining order that prohibits him from contacting the girl, court records say.

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