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- Roy Moore, a GOP Senate candidate from Alabama, has been accused of sexual misconduct with a then-14-year-old girl. Other women also accused Moore of pursuing them when they were teenagers.
A woman said that when she was 14 years old, Roy Moore, then 32 and now a candidate for Senate in Alabama, initiated a sexual encounter with her.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that a woman named Leigh Corfman said Moore invited her to his home when she was a teenager, took off her clothes, and encouraged her to touch him.
Corfman told The Post she first met Moore outside an Alabama courtroom in 1979. She said she was sitting with her mother when Moore struck up a conversation and offered to sit with her while her mother attended a hearing.
Moore then got her phone number and called her days later, Corfman told The Post. On two separate occasions, she recalled, Moore picked her up around the corner from her house and drove her to his house in the woods. She said that during the second occasion Moore removed her clothes and touched her.
Corfman said Moore also gave her alcohol on one of the visits.
“I wanted it over with – I wanted out,” she said she remembered thinking. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.”
The legal age of consent in Alabama is 16, as it was when Corfman said the incident occurred.
Three other women interviewed by The Post said Moore pursued them when they were 16 to 18 years old but did not engage in sexual conduct with any of them.
Moore denied the allegations, saying the charges were a “desperate political attack by the national Democrat Party and The Washington Post.” In a subsequent statement, Moore’s campaign called the allegations “fake news.”
The former Alabama Supreme Court justice is the Republican nominee for Senate in the Alabama special election scheduled for December 12.
He is a conservative Christian known as the “Ten Commandments Judge” for his defiance of a federal order to remove a monument to the Bible’s Ten Commandments from a state building and has long been a celebrated leader of Alabama’s right wing.
Moore has fervent critics who take issue with his positions on race, religion, and sexuality. And he has detractors among establishment Republicans who say he would be a weak candidate in the December election, in which he is facing the Democratic nominee Doug Jones.