Aspen upskirter: Mind re-wiring necessary
A 23-year-old Oklahoma man pleaded guilty Monday to harassing two young girls in downtown Aspen last summer and seriously injuring a young boy while running from police.
Stephen Moore, who withdrew an earlier plea to similar charges, entered guilty pleas to felony child abuse, felony invasion of privacy for sexual gratification and misdemeanor harassment.
“On Aug. 10, I did hurt a little boy, and it hurts,” Moore said. “I realized I fell short on my own moral standing. It really hurts to know that I did that.”
Moore was arrested after allegedly following a 14-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl and taking cellphone pictures up their skirts. The girls eventually ran away from Moore because they were so upset.
Moore fled from police while in handcuffs and crashed into a 9-year-old boy, who suffered broken teeth, a laceration to his forehead that required stitches and a possible broken wrist.
On Monday, Moore urged all three children to “keep their heads up high” and “be strong.”
“I know from this point on there needs to be a lot of mind rewiring to the way I used to be,” he said. “All three of the kids — their names will always be in my heart.”
Moore faces between two and eight years in prison for the child-abuse count, between one and 11/2 years for the invasion of privacy charge and up to six months for the harassment.
His plea deal contains no agreement on sentencing, which is set to take place July 5.
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