GREENFIELD — A former youth basketball coach accused of soliciting naked pictures from a 10-year-old girl and offering to send naked photos of himself to her has avoided a felony conviction in a plea deal with the state.
A Class C felony charge of child solicitation was dropped when the court accepted a plea agreement in Clifford "C.W." Moran’s case Tuesday. Instead, Moran pleaded guilty to two counts of inappropriate communication with a child, both misdemeanor charges, and was sentenced to six months on home detention.
The total sentence ordered was one year, but six months is suspended to probation. Moran will be monitored by Hancock County house arrest, according to court documents.
Moran’s victim told police she knew Moran from his former employment at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hancock County. Moran was a technology coordinator and basketball coach from August 2009 to October 2010, officials said.
He passed a background check before he was cleared to work there, Executive Director Darren Turner said after Moran’s arrest.
The girl told police she got Moran’s number from a friend and contacted him because he seemed like a good person when she met him at the Boys & Girls Clubs, according to court documents. The pair ultimately began exchanging text messages.
The first messages from Moran were from late August 2011 and asked the girl about family and school. In early September, he began asking her to send him suggestive photos of herself, court documents state.
Moran asked the girl for photos of her in a bathing suit or for her to send “some naughty full-body ones” and delete the messages he sent her, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Moran also said he had a photo of himself with no clothes on that he would send her if she sent him a photo first, court documents state.
When confronted by police, Moran said he had recently lost his cellphone and that someone else must have sent the girl the messages.
Moran added he might have sent some of the messages but thought the recipient was someone else, possibly his girlfriend, court documents state.