By JOSH NEWTON
The son of a former district attorney received a deferred prosecution after admitting he vandalized the city’s surveillance cameras at a Tahlequah skate park – and records show it’s not the first time he avoided formal charges after an arrest.
Keeton S. Moore, 20, was arrested earlier this month after he admitted to Tahlequah police he threw his skateboard at cameras in the skate park while he was drunk. He told police he didn’t realize the skate board had damaged the cameras.
Police spotted him several days after the cameras were vandalized, and recognized him as a possible suspect based on footage pulled from the cameras.
Police said Keeton Moore was also found to be in possession of a glass pipe, which he claimed was used to smoke incense.
If he follows the rules, Keeton Moore will avoid misdemeanor charges of malicious injury to property as part of his deferred agreement, which was signed July 19 by Assistant District Attorney Wes Combs and by Keeton Moore’s father, former District Attorney Jerry Moore, who is acting as his son’s attorney.
According to the agreement, Keeton Moore must complete programs at the Bethesda Boys Ranch. If he follows all of the rules in the agreement, prosecutors will not file charges against him, and the case file can eventually be sealed.
He must also pay restitution for the damaged cameras.
Failing to follow the agreement’s guidelines could lead prosecutors to move ahead with filing charges.
A comparison of previous arrest reports and court records shows the latest incident isn’t the first time Keeton Moore has been arrested and escaped formal charges.
In December 2010, he was arrested for public drunk and resisting arrest after he allegedly fled from police when they were checking on a stolen vehicle.
In February 2011, Keeton Moore was arrested when officers served a search warrant at a home where he and another suspect were living. Authorities allegedly found marijuana and stolen property at the site.
He was arrested in May 2013 for consumption of alcohol by a person under 21, violation of a social-host ordinance, and contributing to the delinquency of minors.
Court records show he has never been charged with a misdemeanor or felony crime in Cherokee County District Court, though he has received two traffic filings: one for failing to stop at a stop sign in 2010, and another for driving under revocation in April 2013.
Tahlequah Police Department records show Keeton Moore was also cited for public intoxication in August and December of 2011, and again in October 2012.
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