James R. Moore of Rehoboth charged for soliciting sex from teen

August 7, 2013

A 59-year-old Rehoboth Beach man and registered sex offender faces charges after police say he solicited sex from a teen boy.

James R. Moore was charged with 30 counts of unlawful sexual conduct against a child by a sex offender and failure to register within three days of a change of address. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $602,000 cash bond.

Police began investigating Moore Aug. 2 after a 17-year-old boy's mother contacted police. She had found several disturbing text messages on her son's cell phone from a man named Jim Moore, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police.

Moore was requesting, and had paid on at least 10 different occasions, the 17-year-old to perform and have performed on him unlawful sexual acts, Fournier said.

Police determined Moore was a sex offender registered at a Palm Drive unit in Rehoboth Beach, however, when they arrived at the unit, tenants told police Moore had moved.

Police discovered Moore had moved to Sanibel Circle in Rehoboth Beach; police arrested Moore Aug. 6 while he was working at the Rehoboth Beach Kmart, Fournier said.

Police ask if anyone has had similar incidents involving James R. Moore to contact Det. R. Mears at 856-5850 ext. 255, 1-800-TIP-3333, or by using the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at:, go to, or text 274637 (CRIMES) using keyword DSP.