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Man pleads guilty to bringing gun to Flying Pig, stalking director of the race

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CINCINNATI - A man pleaded guilty Wednesday to stalking a Flying Pig official and carrying a concealed weapon during this year's marathon.

Charges were filed against 49-year-old David Moore after he reportedly called the Executive Director of the Flying Pig Marathon, Iris Simpson-Bush, and had contact with her during the marathon.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters said Moore, a registered Flying Pig participant, complained about his bib number, asked Simpson-Bush about her marital status and made comments about terrorism. Moore also asked to speak on stage during the marathon, according to officials.

Deters says Moore was stopped by Cincinnati police when he entered the stage area on Sunday, May 5. According to officials, Moore told officers he had a gun and displayed a 9MM Bryco Arms gun inside his waist band.

He was arrested near the starting line just 10 minutes before the start of the race, and just weeks after the Boston Marathon bombing.

Deters said Wednesday that he didn't think Moore intended to hurt anyone.

“Thanks to good police work during the marathon events and the safeguards already in place for the marathon, nobody was hurt in this incident. It is always the goal of law enforcement to be proactive and prevent something from happening rather than having to react to a situation," said Deters.

Craig Hughes has lived next door to Moore's home in White Oak for the past eight years. He said he was surprised to learn of the incident, and described Moore as "pretty much just a normal neighbor."

"I was never worried about (Moore)," Hughes said of the name he referred to as a military veteran. "No, I talked to him all the time, he seemed fine,"

Officials say Moore and Ms. Simpson-Bush were not acquainted prior to this incident.

Moore is scheduled for sentencing in December, and is expected to receive at least five years probation.

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9 On Your Side reporter Bryce Anslinger contributed to this report.

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