Former Diamondhead councilman faces felony charges in Feb. 14 incident

Former Diamondhead City Councilman Alan Moran faces felony charges of touching a child for lustful purposes in a case that began February 14.

Moran, accompanied by his attorney Donald Rafferty, turned himself in to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office on Friday morning and was booked on the touching charge, as well as two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Moran originally was arrested Feb. 14 on a simple assault charge, a misdemeanor, but it was upgraded to a felony touching charge because it is a felony offense to inappropriately touch, handle or rub a minor 16 or older if the alleged offender is in a position of trust or authority over the minor at the time.

Because the minor was working for Philips Pest Control, learning to use a mosquito spray truck, and Moran was his supervisor, it put Moran is a position of authority over the minor.

Moran’s bond was set by County Court Judge Trent Favre at $10,000 on the felony charge and $1,000 each on the delinquency charges.

Moran resigned from his position as Ward 2 councilman for the city of Diamondhead on March 23.

A civil lawsuit seeking damages was filed earlier this month against Moran by the family of the minor.

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