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Friday, March 15, 2019 12:04 pm

Firefighter to leave department in harassment plea deal

Jim Chapman | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne firefighter will leave the fire department as part of a plea agreement in a harassment case.

Michael T. Moring, 49, pleaded guilty today to misdemeanor harassment by using a computer or other means of communication.

As part of the plea deal, a felony stalking charge was dismissed and he was ordered to leave the fire department.

Moring had been a firefighter since 2002 and had been on unpaid leave about a year.

From April 2016 through February 2017, a woman received word texts, photograph texts and a single video text from someone she did not know.

That the sender knew her by name and later appeared to know personal details made her fear for her safety, court records said.

She did not respond to the texts, but because she was getting ready to move she was afraid the stalker might know where she was moving, court documents said.

She started to seclude herself at work and in her personal life because of the texts, she told investigators.

After Fort Wayne police investigated the telephone numbers associated with the texts, the trail led to Moring, court records said.

The victim told police she knew two firefighters, one who had done some lawn work for her, and Moring, who had done some painting at her home in 2015.

The victim said she had only spent about 15 minutes discussing how she wanted her house painted before her move and had given him a house key. She worried that perhaps he had cameras installed in her house and had a second key made, court records said.