Eighteen months after his arrest for allegedly holding a woman and two children hostage in his Spotsylvania County home for at least two years, it appears Kariem Moore is ready to stand trial.

A two-day trial for the 45-year-old man is set to start Thursday in Spotsylvania Circuit Court. Attorneys wrapped up a series of pretrial motions this week, one of which will allow the juvenile victims to testify via closed-circuit television so they won't have to face Moore.

Moore is charged with three counts of abduction, two counts of child cruelty and object sexual penetration. He had been additionally charged with rape and other offenses, but prosecutor Amanda Sweeney dropped those charges after the alleged victim made it clear she would not return to Virginia to testify against Moore.



Moore's case attracted widespread attention after Spotsylvania deputies went to his home in the 3600 block of Mine Road on July 29, 2017, in response to calls from out-of-town relatives who reported not hearing from family members for an extended period of time.

While deputies were talking to Moore in the front yard, a woman and two children—then ages 8 and 11—ran out a side door and told police that Moore hadn't let them out of the house for two years.

While investigating those allegations, police learned about a second adult victim who was living in the same house between 2013 and 2015. Police filed additional charges after talking to the woman, but those charges were later dropped.

Moore's case has lingered in the court system, largely because of concerns about his mental health. At one point he was declared incompetent to stand trial, but has since been restored to legal competency.

Attorney Mark D'Antonio was Moore's lawyer through much of the process, which included several heated outbursts from Moore in court. Attorney Ben Burchett was recently appointed to take over Moore's case and will be representing him at trial.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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