Farmington Hills man convicted of possessing child sexually abusive material

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published June 14, 2017

 Jeremiah Moore

Jeremiah Moore

FARMINGTON HILLS — A Farmington Hills man charged with 20 counts of possessing child sexually abusive material was sentenced to up to 25 years in prison June 2.

Farmington Hills resident Jeremiah Moore, 40, was charged by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette with 20 felony counts of possession of child sexually abusive material and one felony count of using a computer to commit a crime.

Moore was sentenced June 2 by Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Phyllis McMillan, according to a press release. 

His sentence includes 18 months to 15 years in prison on 10 counts of possession of child sexually abusive material, and 18 months to 25 years in prison on one count of using a computer to commit a crime, according to a press release.

According to the press release, multiple videos and hundreds of photos containing child sexually abusive material were found at his home on electronic devices that allegedly belong to Moore.

Moore was also charged with a parole violation at his arrest in March. He was sentenced to two to four years in prison on the probation violation in May, which will be served concurrently with his most recent sentence, according to the press release. Moore’s Royal Oak-based attorney, Jerome Sabbota, said in a phone interview that Michigan has indeterminate sentencing, which always includes the highest sentencing range, unless that sentence is life.

Sabbota added that his client, who was given 73 days credit in jail, will probably be out within around a year and a half, although he was sentenced to up to 25 years.

“Nobody likes going to prison,” Sabbota said, adding that with Moore violating his probation, Sabbota was “satisfied” that the outcome was reasonable. “Possession of child pornography — it is an unfortunate offense.”

According to a press release, Moore was convicted on felony child sexually abusive material charges filed by the Michigan Department of the Attorney General in 2015.

In January 2017, the Attorney General’s Office became aware of Moore’s attempt to change two of his parole conditions. 

Attorney General’s Office agents contacted a multijurisdictional law enforcement task force called Nighthawk, led by the Michigan Department of Corrections, to conduct a compliance check at Moore’s residence in Farmington Hills. In the press release, Schuette thanked the entities who helped in the case and who are dedicated to “keeping Michigan children safe.”

“Any type of child exploitation is an extremely serious crime, and the penalties must reflect that,” he said.