Woman pleads guilty to sex abuse
ELKINS – A Belington woman pleaded guilty to sexual abuse charges in Randolph County Circuit Court on Wednesday, admitting to allowing a 14-year-old female relative to have sex with her 35-year-old cousin.
Robin Georgetta Moore, 34, pleaded guilty to two counts of a parent, guardian or custodian allowing sexual abuse, a felony, and one count of possession of material depicting a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, a felony.
Moore is facing 12 to 30 years in a state penitentiary and could be fined up to $14,000.
Moore said in court Wednesday that her cousin, Amber Ratliff, had many sexual encounters with the 14-year-old girl in a bedroom in Moore’s residence.
In October, Ratliff pleaded guilty to five counts of third-degree sexual assault and was sentenced to one to five years in a state correctional facility with each sentence running consecutively.
Defense Attorney Timothy Prentice said there was a time table for the case including a period of time when Moore “did not actively know about the abuse, a period of time when she knew about it and did nothing about it and a period of time when she knew about it and actively did something about it.”
Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Parker said the charges also included the possession of material depicting a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and the plea, which Moore agreed to Wednesday, detailed Moore’s possession of the items in question.
Moore said another non-related individual, who she later said was her significant other, set up cameras in the room to film the acts, but said she had no knowledge of or control over the situation at the time.
“You mean to tell me that this man was molesting (the 14-year-old youth) in your home behind closed doors, with video cameras rigged to a hole in the wall, and you didn’t have any earthly idea what was going on?” Circuit Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong said to Moore. “You really want me to believe that?”
Parker said that by agreeing to the plea, Moore was pleading guilty to the charges, despite her not being “completely candid with the court.”
Moore is set to be sentenced on Jan. 2.