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updated: 4/18/2014 6:30 AM

Gurnee business owner accused in sexual assaults

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  • Billy W. Moore Jr.

    Billy W. Moore Jr.


A Gurnee business owner has been charged in sexual assaults against two women that date back 20 years, the Lake County Sheriff's office said.

Police announced Thursday that Gurnee Tire & Brake Inc. owner Billy W. Moore Jr. faces 20 counts of criminal sexual assault and two counts of aggravated sexual assault. Moore is held on a $500,000 bail at the Lake County jail.

Moore, 48, of the 1000 block of Rainy Lake Court in Lake Villa, was arrested at his home April 14, sheriff's police Sgt. Sara Balmes said.

Balmes said Moore was seized the same day one of the victims came to the sheriff's headquarters in Waukegan to report the alleged attacks. Police said the victims reported the sexual assaults began when they were younger than 13 years old and continued for 20 years.

Illinois secretary of state records show Moore incorporated Gurnee Tire & Brake in March 2004. A Gurnee Tire & Brake employee who answered the telephone there Thursday declined to comment about Moore.

According to a Daily Herald story from 2004, Moore and his family moved from Arkansas to Lake County that year so he could open Gurnee Tire & Brake at 3601 Grand Ave. The Moores also wanted to be closer to extended family in northern Illinois.

Moore is scheduled to appear for a hearing Monday in Lake County court.

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