Slidell man found hiding in dryer convicted of attempted rape, burglary

Slidell man found hiding in dryer convicted of attempted rape, burglary

COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - A jury convicted Chad Jerome Moore of attempted aggravated rape and aggravated burglary of an inhabited dwelling.

The office of St. Tammany Parish's district attorney said the jury reached its verdict on Oct. 20 after two hours of deliberations.

Prosecutors said Moore climbed through the window of a home in August of 2015. He allegedly lunged at the woman, who walked into the kitchen to investigate the noise, and cornered her into a bedroom. Investigators said he ripped off the woman's shirt and threatened the victim her with a box cutter.

Neighbors ran into the home after hearing the woman's screams. Investigators said Moore pulled up his pants as he ran from the house.

A neighbor recognized Moore and police later found him at a relative's house, hiding in a clothes dryer.

The district attorney's office said Moore could face the possibility of life in prison, if he's sentenced under Louisiana's habitual offender law. His criminal record includes a 2009 guilty plea to a charge of simple battery; a 2009 conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm; a 2008 guilty plea to trespassing charges and a 2008 guilty plea involving four home burglaries and three attempted burglaries.

Moore's sentencing hearing is set for Jan. 11, 2017.

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