YSO deputy pleads not guilty to multiple charges, including rape
YAKIMA, Wash. – A Yakima County Sheriff's deputy pleaded not guilty Friday to four charges including rape and his bail remains at $500,000.
Jeff Lustick, Sean Moore's attorney, suggested his client could handle home monitoring and asked the court to lower his bail. The defense also argued there was a conflict of interest in the prosecutor's office but the judge refused to hear that claim.
"Sean is someone that has taken a lot of pride in his community and his job," Lustick told KNDO outside court.
Prosecuting Attorney Jim Hagerty told the judge he knew Moore personally and professionally but would be able to set aside that relationship for this case. Hagerty also argued that Moore's ability to easily attain a firearm if released was a potential danger. The judge cited that reasoning as part of why bail should stay unchanged.
The prosecution had no comment on the proceedings in court.
Moore is being held in a Kittitas County jail in solitary confinement because he works for YSO.
Jury selection is expected to begin on Dec. 27 but Lustick believes the trial will likely be delayed until the new year.
"To be reduced to a jail cell and a jump suit for anyone and it's a lot harder for a member of law enforcement," said Lustick.