Judge jails Manatee man with 39 priors

jdeleon@bradenton.comSeptember 5, 2013 


MANATEE -- A 40-year-old man with at least 39 prior arrests -- and possibly 59 -- was ordered to stay in jail by a Manatee County judge after being charged with trespassing into his own mother's office to make phone calls.

Todd Moore was arrested at 12:27 p.m. Wednesday after his mother called the Manatee County Sheriff's Office to report he had entered her office in the 16300 block of State Road 64. Moore was reportedly making phone calls, including at least one to his mother's cell phone, when deputies arrived.

Moore's mother told deputies her son is forbidden from going into her office.

Deputies say Moore told them: "He was just making some phone calls."

Moore appeared before Manatee County Judge Charles Sniffen Wednesday afternoon with Moore's father and his ex-girlfriend testifying against him.

"He stole from me. He threatened to kill me," Moore's

father testified. "He's just eventually going to kill someone."

Moore's father testified his son had 59 prior arrests. The State Attorney's Office was only able to confirm 39 prior arrests.

Moore's ex-girlfriend testified she feared for her life and was unable to work as a nurse because Moore lied to previous employers about her selling drugs.

She and Moore's father testified they have protective orders against him.

"He's just a danger," Moore father said. "I'm just afraid for my life if he gets released."

Taking the testimony of Moore's father and ex-girlfriend into account, along with Moore's extensive criminal history, Sniffen ordered Moore held without bond for violation of probation. He also increased the bond for the trespassing charge to $5,000 from the usual $120.

Moore's past charges include battery, battery on a person 65 years old or older, armed robbery, burglary, grand theft and escaping jail.

When arrested, Moore was already on probation for third-degree felonies for battery on a person 65 years old or older and battery committed in 2012. Moore was charged with violating probation in December and June.

Moore remains in custody at the Manatee County jail.

Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon101

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