ABI: Tuskegee officer may have raped others

Lt. John R. Moon (Source: Macon Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
Lt. John R. Moon (Source: Macon Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

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TUSKEGEE, AL (WSFA) - A Tuskegee University Police officer jailed on charges of raping a 15-year-old girl is under increasing scrutiny. Alabama Bureau of Investigation officials say the young girl may not have been the officer's only alleged victim.

Sgt. Steve Jarrett with the Department of Public Safety told WSFA 12 News additional charges may be forthcoming. He said additional information indicated there could possibly be more victims, though he did not elaborate on specific details.

Lt. John R. Moon, 45, was arrested Sunday and charged with one count of sodomy, one count of enticing a child into a vehicle and one count of first degree rape. He's accused of luring the girl to a house around 5am that morning where officials say he then raped her. Moon was off-duty at the time the attacked is said to have happened.

Tuskegee University President Dr. Benjamin F. Payton suspended Moon immediately from his position on campus. Despite the location of the alleged crimes, and because of the seriousness of the charges against Moon, the University took the step of suspending him, the university said in a news release.

"It's deplorable that even allegations of conduct of these sorts should be made," said E. Paul Jones, Attorney General of Macon County. "It's particularly bad when....made against a police officer."

The University, which has employed Moon for two and a half years, says it is fully cooperating with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation with all aspects of the investigation.

The girl, just 15-years-old, was taken by her parents to East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika for treatment. Her condition was not immediately known.

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