- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota man who fled the state before he could be sentenced for raping a girl under the age of 15 is fighting extradition charges.

Thirty-two-year-old Patrick Moore, of Garrison, was arrested in Arizona’s Maricopa County on drug charges in February.

Moore pleaded guilty in North Dakota in July 2014 to felony gross sexual imposition charges that could carry a sentence of life in prison without parole. He was to be sentenced Dec. 16 but missed the hearing.

States Attorney Ladd Erickson tells KXMB-TV (https://bit.ly/1BLfszb ) that Moore is currently fighting extradition charges that would bring him back to North Dakota.

He is now facing additional charges of failure to appear and bail jumping.

Erickson says once Moore is extradited he will be sentenced on the gross sexual imposition charges.

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Information from: KXMB-TV, https://www.kxnet.com


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