Roy Moore accused of sexual misconduct with four minors as young as 14

Judge Roy Moore, the Republican candidate running to replace Jeff Sessions’s vacated Senate seat in Alabama, allegedly attempted to initiate sexual conduct with four teenage girls as young as 14 between 1977 and 1982, when he was in his 30s, the Washington Post reported Thursday. According to the women, who did not approach the Post but were interviewed independently by reporters following leads, Moore pursued them and attempted to take them out on dates — in some cases successfully. All women provided their names, and were under the age of 18 at the time of the alleged misconduct.

Leigh Corfman says she was 14 when she and her mother were approached by Moore outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Alabama, who offered to watch over the girl while her mother went in for a custody hearing. (Corfman’s mother, Nancy Wells, corroborates the story.)

Via the Post:

Alone with Corfman, Moore chatted with her and asked for her phone number, she says. Days later, she says, he picked her up around the corner from her house in Gadsden, drove her about 30 minutes to his home in the woods, told her how pretty she was and kissed her. On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.

“I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” she remembers thinking. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.” Corfman says she asked Moore to take her home, and he did.

Three other women, identified as Wendy Miller, Debbie Wesson Gibson, and Gloria Thacker Deason, say they were between the ages of 16 and 18 when Moore pursued them. Miller’s mother forbade the dates, Gibson says she went on several dates with the then district attorney that “did not progress beyond kissing,” and Deason says Moore took her on multiple dates and gave her wine. The legal drinking age at the time was 19.

Corfman, again, 14 at the time, also told the Post Moore gave her alcohol during one of their encounters:

She says that Moore drove her back to the same house after dark, and that before long she was lying on a blanket on the floor. She remembers Moore disappearing into another room and coming out with nothing on but “tight white” underwear.

She remembers that Moore kissed her, that he took off her pants and shirt, and that he touched her through her bra and underpants. She says that he guided her hand to his underwear and that she yanked her hand back.

“I wasn’t ready for that — I had never put my hand on a man’s penis, much less an erect one,” Corfman says.

None of the women say they know each other, and were at first reluctant to speak to the Post. They only decided to go on the record after multiple interviews. They said at the time of the alleged improper contact with Moore, they thought little of it, but became more troubled by his behavior as they got older.

Moore, who has refused to debate his Democratic opponent Doug Jones, would likely be the most radically far-right member of the Senate if elected. He told a press conference Wednesday that “transgenders don’t have rights,” and has previously referred to Native Americans and Asian Americans as “reds and yellows.” He also said has legalizing gay marriage was worse than upholding slavery.

Moore has denied all of the allegations published by the Post.

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