A judge has ordered a Fort Wayne firefighter to leave the department as part of a sentence for harassing a woman, but he will avoid jail time.
Michael T. Moring, 49, was sentenced Friday in Allen Superior Court to a year on probation for one count of stalking. He must also leave the Fort Wayne Fire Department, where he served as an active firefighter until March 2018, when he was suspended after being charged with stalking a woman.
According to court documents, the victim received several picture and word texts from a number she was not familiar with. She said some of the text messages included a picture of a penis and others showed dogs performing sex acts on humans.
In February 2017, the sender told the woman in a text that “he was the lonely married guy that loves to give oral sex and wanted to see if they could make a connection,” the affidavit said. The texts stopped in mid-February, according to the affidavit.
Police spoke with a woman who said she was familiar with the number the texts were coming from, and she knew the sender to be a Fort Wayne firefighter, the affidavit said. Investigators asked the victim if she knew of any firefighters, and she said she knew one who’d done some lawn work for her and another – Moring – who had done some painting in her home in 2015, the affidavit said.
Another woman told police that she had the number the texts were coming from saved in her phone under ‘Mike Moring,’ the affidavit detailed.
The victim said she never replied to any of the texts she received from the number after February 2017.
Moring was arrested and charged with felony stalking. He accepted a plea deal with Allen County prosecutors that dropped that charge and he pleaded guilty to harassment, a misdemeanor.
In court Friday, Judge Wendy Davis ordered Moring to have no contact with the victim. She said she almost rejected a plea agreement because “I have a lot of concerns knowing what I know,” but said she hoped Moring was getting help.