The 28-year-old man is sentenced to seven years in prison after a struggling 12-year-old boy

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A Missouri man caught in a movie hitting a 12-year-old boy dancing on the sidewalk last summer has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Cape Girardeau’s Cedric Charles Moore Jr pleaded guilty to a second-degree assault on May 10, the Southeast Missourian reported last week. He changed his plea from earlier this month.

Moore is the 28-year-old man who was spotted getting out of a black SUV one night last July at the intersection of Main Street and Independence Street in downtown Cape Girardeau.

While Ethan Hagler dances on a sidewalk near his teacher, Michael Curry, and another boy, Moore quietly sneaks up behind him and wraps his right arm, slapping the child’s face.

Curry and another friend are seen chasing Moore as he rushed back to the waiting SUV driving off.

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Last July, Ethan Hagler, 12, (far left) was dancing on a sidewalk when Carlo Charles Moore Jr (right) got out of an SUV at the intersection and started sneaking behind him in Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Last July, Ethan Hagler, 12, (far left) was dancing on a sidewalk when Carlo Charles Moore Jr (right) got out of an SUV at the intersection and started sneaking behind him in Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Moore (right) gets closer to Hagler (left) and starts to end up like he's about to hit the boy, who doesn't see him coming

Moore (right) gets closer to Hagler (left) and starts to end up like he’s about to hit the boy, who doesn’t see him coming

Moore then gives Hagler a vicious blow from behind while Hagler's dance instructor, Michael Curry (sitting in a white t-shirt), and another boy watch.

Moore then gives Hagler a vicious blow from behind while Hagler’s dance instructor, Michael Curry (sitting in a white t-shirt), and another boy watch.

Days later, Moore was arrested by the police.  Earlier this month, he pleaded guilty to second-degree assault.  He will serve seven years in prison

Days later, Moore was arrested by the police. Earlier this month, he pleaded guilty to second-degree assault. He will serve seven years in prison

In the video, Hagler is seen stumbling in an apparent anesthetic after the sucker.

Hagler, a dancer at Fingerprint Dance Studio, suffered a bloody nose and a mild concussion. He was treated in hospital and released a short time later.

Curry told me Southeast Missourian that he is doing well.

Video of the horrific attack went viral after it was posted online last summer.

The viral video shocked the internet, prompting Good Samaritans on Facebook to raise nearly $ 17,000 for the dance studio, as well as all the medical expenses incurred as a result of the attack.

“And suddenly I see him hit my kid, and immediately my first reaction is, ‘What? Why?’” Curry said. KSDK-TV in the days after the attack.

‘You know, I tried to hunt [Moore] back to the car. And as soon as I got the car, I saw that there were two other people in the car.

So I thought about my child. He’s lying on the ground.

“And from there a lot of people came to help, especially Shaker’s, the downtown bar we usually set up outside.”

Hagler, a dancer at Fingerprint Dance Studio, suffered a bloody nose and a mild concussion.  He was treated in hospital and released a short time later.

Hagler, a dancer at Fingerprint Dance Studio, suffered a bloody nose and a mild concussion. He was treated in hospital and released a short time later.

The viral video shocked the internet, prompting Good Samaritans on Facebook to raise nearly $ 17,000 for the dance studio, as well as all the medical expenses incurred as a result of the attack.

The viral video shocked the internet, prompting Good Samaritans on Facebook to raise nearly $ 17,000 for the dance studio, as well as all the medical expenses incurred as a result of the attack.

Moore has a criminal record that predates the attack on Hagler.

In April 2019 he was sentenced to probation for domestic violence. That same year, he pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a first-degree child and driving while intoxicated.

His child’s mother was also given a protection order against Moore.

Authorities said the decision had been made not to charge Moore with a hate crime because it would have resulted in a less severe sentence.

“The public has understandably expressed a wish to see Moore charged with a hate crime for this heinous crime,” Cape Girardeau police said in a statement.

“In accordance with statutes, this charge would only apply if the attack was less categorized, which would not be in the best interest of seeking true justice for the victim.”

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