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6/7/2018 - Greensburg Man faces Battery, Domestic Battery, and Intimidation Charges
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During the week of May 21st, 2018, Greensburg Police Department Detective Steve Barnes was made aware of a possible domestic battery report to be made by the Indiana Department of Child Services. A report had been received from Turning Point domestic violence shelter that a man, identified as Luis Moreno, had allegedly physically and psychologically abused a victim. It was also alleged that Moreno may have committed sexual abuse.
During multiple interviews, it was reported that Moreno had a history of abusive behavior. The allegations included multiple incidents of pushing the victim down onto a bed and a couch and hitting the victim.
According to the police report, a witness confirmed the incidents. Moreno had allegedly begun frequent abuse over the course of the past year. Moreno reportedly also hit a child multiple times and may have committed sexual abuse of the child. Moreno is said to have made threats of killing the victim and the child, with Moreno holding a meat cleaver to the child's mouth on one occasion.
According to court documents, Moreno had attempted to get the victim to purchase a gun for him. He is said to have stated that he would fight, and kill, police if they ever came to arrest or speak with him. He described, in detail, how he would kill the adult victim if the police became involved. The adult victim also described instances of sexual abuse of a child.
Luis Moreno, 40 of Greensburg, faces allegations of battery, domestic battery, and two counts of intimidation (all Level 6 felonies). He also faces an allegation of interference with the reporting of a crime (a Class A misdemeanor). He was charged in Circuit Court on May 30th.
Under the law, criminal charges are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Tom Flemming-WTRE News
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