A former Bloomfield man, who was sent to prison last year for child abuse, is now accused of sexually assaulting two young children.
Berne P. Moran, an inmate at the Red Granite Correctional Institute, faces two counts of repeated sexual assault of a child.
If convicted of those charges, the 51-year-old faces up to 120 years imprisonment.
On May 1, 2013, Judge John Race sentenced Moran to one year in a state prison and three years of extended supervision after Moran pleaded guilty to the felony child abuse charge.
In the child abuse case, the victim, an 8-year-old girl, reported that Moran slapped her back several times.
The girl told police that her back hurt her so much she couldn’t bend over to tie her shoes.
In the new case, Judge David Reddy set a $25,000 cash bond.
According to the criminal complaint:
In September 2013, two children, a 9-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl, were interviewed by forensic interviewer Paula Hocking at the Walworth County Tree House in Elkhorn.
The boy told Hocking that Moran touched him in a sexual manner, and that the boy touched Moran in a sexual manner.
The girl reported similar assaults and said they took place in Elkhorn and Pell Lake.
The criminal complaint states that the assaults occurred sometime between January 2010 and October 2012.