Roy Moore, the Republican nominee to fill Jeff Session's vacated Alabama Senate seat, is known as the "Ten Commandment Judge," a nickname he received after refusing to remove a 5,280-pound granite monument of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Judicial Building, even after a federal court order. For this, Moore was dismissed from his seat in 2003. Alas, it wouldn't be the last time: In 2012, after again being elected chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Moore was dismissed again, this time for telling probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But not only is Moore a raging homophobe with good "Christian values," turns out, he, also allegedly likes teen girls.
The Washington Post broke the story Wednesday. Moore has been accused by Leigh Corfman of pursuing her in 1979, when she was just 14. Moore, at the time was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney in Alabama, picked her up outside of a court house. The legal age of consent in Alabama, both then and now, is 16. Corfman describes their relationship:
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.
Two of Corfman’s childhood friends say she told them at the time that she was seeing an older man, and one says Corfman identified the man as Moore. Wells says her daughter told her about the encounter more than a decade later, as Moore was becoming more prominent as a local judge.
The Post also spoke with three other women who say Moore pursued them when he was in his early 30s and they were between 16 and 18.
Moore, now 70, denies the allegations. “These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign," he said in a statement." And later, “this garbage is the very definition of fake news.”
Moore faces Doug Jones, a former U.S. attorney, in a special election on December 12.