Waynesboro – A tattoo artist accused of sexual assault last year at work received two counts of crime Monday before the Weinsbury Grand Jury after two previous hearings.
John M. Moller, 45, of Waynesbury, is charged with two counts of sexual assault.
Police arrested him in November.
On Monday, the woman testified during a preliminary hearing on one of the cases that on Nov. 6, she went to Extreme Expressions, a tattoo and piercing store on North Wayne Avenue in Waynesboro, to get a tattoo.
The woman said she was getting a tattoo near her thigh when Moller, who was applying the tattoo, allegedly took off her panties without her consent. The woman said Moler then put his hand on her exposed genitals while he continued to work on the tattoo.
“I was very uncomfortable where his hand was,” the woman said.
A few minutes later, she testified that Moler began rubbing her genitals, and said it took her about three seconds to react before brushing off.
“I was scared,” she said.
Police arrested Moller the next day.
During the woman’s testimony, Moller repeatedly glanced at a small group of supporters in the gallery in the courtroom and nodded in disapproval.
A large group of friends and more than a dozen motorcyclists from Bikers Against Child Abuse was present at the hearing in support of the woman and the minor, who also claimed that Moler had committed sexual violence.
Following the woman’s testimony, the judge approved before the grand jury the accusation of objective sexual penetration. After the hearing, the courtroom was closed for the testimony of a minor girl in the second case.
The second charge of the crime was also confirmed by a grand jury.
According to the court, Moler was previously convicted of inflicting bodily harm on an inmate, attempting to escape by force, possession of a controlled substance, and being convicted in 2012 of a grievous bodily harm that earned him an eight-year sentence.
Moler is being held at the Middle River Regional Jail without bail.
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