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PBSO: Man raped prison cellmate more than 80 times in 2007

The abuse started with comments about his sexual orientation. The 36-year-old man’s cellmate at South Bay Correctional Facility would tell him he wasn’t bisexual — he must be “tri-sexual,” for he’d “try anything,” as the derogatory term goes.

The physical abuse started New Year’s Eve 2007 when Anthony Moore ripped off his cellmate’s blanket and boxers. It was the first of more than 80 times Moore would rape him, the man told Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies.

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The man, who is not identified in a sheriff’s office report, detailed the abuse to deputies in March 2007 after a particularly bad beating left him in Glades Central Hospital — now Lakeside Medical Center — with what turned out to be a permanently deformed “cauliflower ear,” caused by repeated trauma.

Nearly 10 years later, Moore, now 46, is in the Palm Beach County Jail on an aggravated battery charge related to that beating, jail records show. He will remain in the jail until his next court appearance Dec. 12, a judge ordered during a status check Monday. Jail records show Moore is from Raiford, a town with fewer than 200 residents per the 2000 census, in Union County.

In 2007, Moore was 10 years into a life sentence for an armed robbery conviction he picked up in Brevard County in 1997. The then-35-year-old was a “bad boy” who had been in trouble with corrections officers many times, he told deputies.

Raping his cellmate, though, was an absurd allegation, Moore said. He spends most of the day working in the kitchen, he said, and hardly spoke to his cellmate.

Other inmates told deputies they suspected “Patch” — Moore’s nickname derived from the patch he wears where his right eye used to be — was raping his cellmate. The man had become increasingly reserved, the inmates told deputies, since moving in with Moore. He ate meals in his cell and refused to answer questions about the bruises coloring his body.

The man told deputies he was afraid to tell anyone about the bruises because Moore had control over the guards. Inmates typically do not know why other inmates are in prison, the sheriff’s office report states, and state prisons do not separate inmates by their offenses. But Moore had told his cellmate he killed someone in prison, so the man assumed Moore was in for murder.

He was afraid for his life, he told deputies. Moore had gone through his personal items and found his relatives’ addresses, the man told deputies. He feared for them, too.

It is unclear whether the man Moore reportedly raped is still incarcerated. He spent time in the prison’s medical ward following the severe injury to his ear, according to a sheriff’s office report.

The probable-cause affidavit completed by deputies in 2007 argues there is probable cause to charge Moore with sexual battery. Those charges were not filed, according to court records.

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