HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Houston County Sheriff's deputies arrested an Elkhart man on a variety of felony and misdemeanor charges in connection to allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman after he beat her up and choked her to the point that she passed out on Aug. 21.
Richard Moore is still being held in the Houston County Jail on a second-degree felony charge of sexual assault, a third-degree felony charge of assault-impeding breath, a Class A misdemeanor charge of interfering with an emergency call, and a Class A misdemeanor charge of unlawful restraint. No bail amounts were available.
According to the arrest affidavit, Moore was initially arrested on an assault charge on Aug. 23 after HCSO deputies were dispatched out to a residence in the 100 block of County Road 2510 in Elkhart in reference to an assault.
The victim tried to get a protective order against Moore on Aug. 27. During this process, authorities learned that additional offenses had allegedly occurred in Houston County. The woman said she had also been assaulted on Aug. 21 and filed a report with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office.
However, the victim was directed to file the charges in Houston County.
According to the affidavit, the woman had large bruises on her left eye and head. She also had large bruises on both arms. The woman's injuries were photographed, so they can be used as evidence.
During the assault on Aug. 21, Moore smashed the victim's cell phone by throwing it down on a cement floor, the affidavit stated. He allegedly told the woman that she wouldn't be to call anyone for help.
Moore allegedly kept the woman from leaving the home while he physically assaulted her. At one point, he put his hands around her neck and choked her until she passed out, the affidavit stated.
Moore then sexually assaulted the victim in the front room of the home, the affidavit stated.
When the woman managed to get away from Moore, she drove to two different police departments to report the assault. Moore allegedly followed her both times and threatened to kill her if she told anyone what had happened.
Finally, the victim was able to talk to deputies with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office about what had happened.