MANATEE — A 41-year-old former Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested over the weekend after he refused to leave a man’s residence, broke a window and fled the area, according to an arrest report.
Christopher L. Moore, of Bradenton, began walking away and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies located him in Woodland Village where he refused to obey commands. Moore was stunned with a Taser and taken into custody at 6:53 a.m. Monday.
He faces charges of criminal mischief, trespassing in an occupied structure and obst5ucting an officer without violence. He was released from the Manatee County jail after posting a $1,750 bond.
Moore worked for the sheriff’s office between 1992 and 1999 until he was indicted on federal charges and served 30 months in federal prison.
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Moore, who associated with the Delta Task Force, previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate civil rights, three counts of violating civil rights and one count of conspiracy to commit several different federal felony offenses and one count of perjury before a federal grand jury in August 2000.
When Moore was a deputy he would participate in “rainmaking” — meaning he would stop motorists without probable cause and steal money from them while he was on patrol, according to investigative reports. On the radio, Moore would say it’s “raining” in certain parts of the county when communicating with other deputies.