The Iowa Attorney Disciplinary Board has reprimanded an Oskaloosa attorney who was convicted last year of assaulting a woman.
In April 2019, a woman filed a Petition for Relief from Sexual Abuse against attorney Matthew B. Moore. The petition described three separate incidents: one in which Moore was alleged to have partially exposed himself to the woman by dropping his pants; one in which he was alleged to have forcefully hugged her against her wishes while making sexualized comments about her body; and one in which he allegedly expressed a desire to force her to be submissive.
A temporary order of protection was issued by the court, prohibiting Moore, 57, from having any contact with the woman. A few weeks later, Moore sent an innocuous text message to his wife, mistakenly doing so via a previously established thread in which the woman was included. Moore was then charged with violation of a no-contact order. He was sentenced to two days in jail for that offense.
In January 2020, a jury found Moore guilty of simple assault, a charge that stemmed from a police complaint alleging Moore had “grabbed (the woman) and put her in a bear hug and attempted to kiss her while being told to stop.” Moore was fined $250 and a new no-contact order was issued.
The Attorney Disciplinary Board determined that Moore’s convictions and his acknowledgment that he “made a mistake and (is) very regretful” amounts to ethical misconduct and warrants a public reprimand.