Moon found guilty on all three counts, sentencing phase begins Tuesday

Moon found guilty on all three counts, sentencing phase begins Tuesday

WICHITA COUNTY, TX (KAUZ) - A sentence could be handed down as early as Tuesday in the trial of a Burkburnett man accused of sexually abusing two children.

On Monday, a Wichita County jury found Joe David Moon, who was not in court to hear his verdict, guilty of three charges.

Officials with the Cotton County Sheriff's Office said the 63-year-old was found playing slots at an Oklahoma casino, where he was arrested a little after 11 a.m. Monday morning.

Investigators said Moon was seen inside the casino at the time he was due in court to hear closing arguments in his case.

"I was advised by somebody that he was seen there prior to last week and that he could possibly be there so we were just checking," said an investigator who took the stand to go over how they arrested Moon.

He said when Moon was apprehended, he only had one question: whether his case would be a mistrial.

Since Moon did not show up to court, he broke the conditions of his bail and his $100,000 bond was forfeited.

The trial continued without Moon present.

After hearing closing arguments, the jury deliberated for about an hour and a half, before coming back with a guilty verdict.

Moon was charged with one count of the first-degree felony offense of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child and two counts of the second-degree felony offense of Indecency with a Child by Sexual Contact.

The members of the jury also found the victim to be under the age of 14 on the indecency counts.

Moon is facing a minimum of five years and a maximum of 99 years, or life in prison on the Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child Charge, and two to 20 years on each count of the Indecency With a Child by Sexual Contact charge.

Moon is not eligible for probation.

Officials with the Cotton County Sheriff's Office said there is no set date on when Moon will return to Wichita County, and he will see an Oklahoma judge for extradition.

They said if Moon agrees to go back willingly, things will move along quicker, but if he does not, Wichita County must get a governor's warrant.

The punishment phase will begin Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.

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