Ariz. man gets 52 life terms for Texas sex abuse

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Rickie Moore By Catherine Holland Rickie Moore By Catherine Holland

EDNA, Texas (AP) -- An Arizona man has been sentenced to 52 life prison terms for sexually abusing three girls in Texas in the 1980s.

The Victoria Advocate reported Friday that Rickie Moore of Phoenix must serve the terms concurrently.

Jackson County District Attorney Bobby Bell says the abuse happened in 1988 and 1989. Indictments were returned in 1990 and in June. Moore, 59, was arrested last year in Arizona. The charge was panhandling.

A jury in Edna, about 90 miles southwest of Houston, on Aug. 17 convicted Moore of 52 counts including aggravated sexual assault of a child, indecency with a child by sexual contact and sexual assault of a child. He received life in prison on each count.

"In my opinion, he's one of the worst sexual predators I've handled in my 28, 29 years as a prosecutor," Bell told Victoria Advocate writer Jessica Priest. "I'd go to whatever lengths to get him into prison."

An attorney for Moore declined comment.

Moore could become eligible for parole in 30 years.