A prominent Jackson defense attorney has been arrested and faces six felony level charges, alleging he engaged in “sexual conduct” and “sexual contact” with a “child victim” in incidents which allegedly occurred in the period from June 2012 to December 2015.

C. Michael (Mike) Moore, 49, of Jackson, was named as the defendant in a six-count indictment returned by a Jackson County Grand Jury which was filed in Jackson County Common Pleas Court on Friday, April 16. Moore is well-known in Jackson and in the local criminal justice system as he is a lifelong resident of the Jackson area and has owned and operated a private law practice at 266 E. Main St. in downtown Jackson for many years.

According to the indictment, Moore is charged with three counts of rape and three counts of gross sexual imposition which all involve the same child victim, who was identified only by letter abbreviations. The three charges of rape are all first-degree felonies, which is the highest degree felony level. One of the gross sexual imposition charges is a third-degree felony while the other two gross sexual imposition charges are fourth-degree felonies.

-- Count One (rape) in the indictment alleges that Moore in the period from June 1, 2012 through Dec. 13, 2013, engaged in “sexual conduct” with a child victim who was less than 13 years of age.

-- Count Two (rape) of the indictment alleges that Moore, in the period from Dec. 14, 2013 through Dec. 14, 2014, engaged in “sexual conduct” with the child victim “when the offender purposely compelled the other person to submit by force…”

-- Count Three (rape) of the indictment alleges that Moore, in the period from Dec. 15, 2014 through Dec. 13, 2015, engaged in “sexual conduct” with the child victim “when the offender purposely compelled the other person to submit by force…”

-- Count Four (gross sexual imposition) of the indictment alleges that Moore, in the period of June 1, 2012 through Dec. 13, 2013, engaged in “sexual contact” with the child victim, who was less than 13 years of age.

-- Count Five (gross sexual imposition) of the indictment alleges that Moore, in the period from Dec. 14, 2013 through Dec. 14, 2014, engaged in “sexual contact” with the child victim “when the offender purposely compelled the other person to submit by force…”

-- Count Six (gross sexual imposition) of the indictment alleges that Moore, in the period from Dec. 15, 2014 through Dec. 13, 2015, engaged in “sexual contact” with the child victim “when the offender purposely compelled the other person to submit by force…”

The investigation which led to the indictment was conducted by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification. Jennifer Gray, an assistant attorney general in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office signed the indictment.

The indictment paperwork included an order to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office to arrest Moore “without unnecessary delay.” The Telegram has confirmed that Moore turned himself in at the Sheriff’s Office after learning that he had been indicted and faced an arrest warrant. He was then incarcerated.

Also on file with the indictment was an Order of Recusal signed on April 16 by Jackson County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher J. Regan, in which Judge Regan officially recused himself from presiding over Moore’s criminal case.

Judge Regan’s Order stated: “Christopher J. Regan hereby recuses himself from hearing this matter due to Mr. Moore being a member of the local bar who practices in this court on a regular basis. The Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court shall assign an acting Judge to hear this case to termination.”