Clerical mistake leads to arrest of innocent teen

Clerical mistake leads to arrest of Perryville high school student
Published: Oct. 24, 2015 at 2:25 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 24, 2015 at 11:41 PM CDT
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PERRYVILLE, MO (KFVS) - A clerical mistake in Perry County, Missouri recently led to the arrest of an innocent teenager.

Seventeen-year-old Rachel Moore is an honor student, a club leader and an athlete, but on Tuesday she was escorted out of the high school in handcuffs.

Following an arrest warrant, deputies with the Perry County Sheriff's Office pulled Moore out of school 30 minutes before the final bell on Tuesday.

The warrant was issued because Moore had missed two court appearances, which Moore said she knew nothing about.

"I was really scared at that point, I started crying," Moore explained on Friday. "I called my mom and said mom, I'm okay, but they're trying to arrest me at school."

In August, Moore was pulled over for speeding, and issued a ticket for no proof of insurance, according to the sheriff's office.

Shortly after Rachael Moore was cited for the expired insurance card, Moore said she and her mom went to the courthouse and delivered the necessary paperwork.

Officials say someone at the prosecutor's office accepted documentation from the Moore, which proved the teen was insured when the ticket was issued.

The prosecutor told them the issue would be resolved.

Perry Co. Sheriff Gary Schaaf said that documentation never made it to the court, which resulted in Moore missing two court dates, eventually leading to a warrant for Tuesday's arrest.

The sheriff said Moore was arrested at school per standard procedure, claiming it is easier to track down students while in class.

Despite some untrue rumors of a drug-related arrest circulating the high school, the situation was resolved as of Friday night, and Moore was back home.

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