Pictured are Miranda Smith (courtesy of the Highland County Sheriff's Office) and Wesley Moore (courtesy of the Ohio Department of Corrections).
Pictured are Miranda Smith (courtesy of the Highland County Sheriff's Office) and Wesley Moore (courtesy of the Ohio Department of Corrections).
Two of the three individuals charged in a 10-count indictment in December were sentenced in Highland County Common Pleas Court recently after pleading no contest to rape and burglary.

As previously reported, Wesley Raymond Moore, Jr., 28, of Hillsboro and Miranda C. Smith, 28, of Middletown were indicted by a Highland County grand jury Dec. 3, 2019.



Moore was charged with rape, a first-degree felony; one count of pandering obscenity involving a minor, a second-degree felony; burglary, a second-degree felony; two counts of theft, a first-degree misdemeanor; tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; and two additional counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, a fourth-degree felony.

On March 13, Moore pleaded no contest to the rape and burglary charges. He was sentenced to 10 years to life on the rape charge and two years in prison for burglary, with jail time credit of 154 days. The other charges were dismissed.

Moore was classified as a Tier III sex offender. Tier III sex offenders must register every 90 days for life, according to the Ohio Revised Code.

According to the indictment, the charges for which Moore was sentenced include an alleged rape of a juvenile on or about September 2018; and an alleged burglary in which he “did by force, stealth or deception trespass … with purpose to commit in the habitation a criminal offense” (theft) in a separate victim’s home on or about the period of Feb. 1, 2017 through Feb. 1, 2019.

Smith was charged in December with rape, a first-degree felony; two counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, a second-degree felony; burglary, a second-degree felony; theft, a first-degree misdemeanor; and a second charge of rape, a first-degree felony.

Smith entered a plea of no contest to the burglary charge and to the second count of rape (a first-degree felony) March 12, according to court records. The other charges were dismissed.

On March 19, Smith was sentenced to a definite determinate term of two years for burglary, consecutive to a sentence of 10 years to life for the rape charge. She was given jail time credit of 113 days.

Smith will also be required to register as a Tier III sex offender.

According to her indictment, the charges for which Smith has been sentenced include an alleged burglary in which she, along with Moore, “did by force, stealth or deception trespass … with purpose to commit in the habitation a criminal offense” (theft)” in a victim’s home on or about the period of Feb. 1, 2017 through Feb. 1, 2019. The rape charge involved a juvenile victim and allegedly occurred on or about June 1 and Sept. 1, 2019.

The third person charged in this case, Leah Aliff, was indicted on two counts: pandering obscenity involving a minor, a fourth-degree felony; and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony. A jury trial has been scheduled to begin April 6, according to court records.