Roy Moore accused of sexual contact with teen, Washington Post reports

10 November, 2017, 01:27 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks to students at American Christian Academy in Tuscaloosa

"If these allegations are true, he must step aside", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.

In a statement to the Post, Moore, who defeated odd in an Alabama GOP primary runoff in September, denied the allegations.

The Washington Post reported that a woman says Mr. Moore initiated the encounter when she was 14 and he was 32.

UPDATE: Senators Susan Collins, Mike Lee, and Steve Daines are also distancing themselves from Moore and calling on him to step down "if the allegations are true".

According to the Post, Moore, then an assistant district attorney in Etowah County, Alabama, met Corfman and her mother as they sat on a bench outside a courtroom. The details of the story were "obtained" by Breitbart after the Post reached out to Moore and his campaign for comment on the story.

"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. "Let me do some more research", he told the AP.

Moore is running as a Republican in Alabama's upcoming December 12 special election to fill the seat once held by now U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Luther Strange. Moore won the primary.

"I would vote for Judge Moore because I wouldn't want to vote for Doug", Pow said. The decades-old claim has been brought by a lady who was 14 years old at the time of the alleged illegal touchings.

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The problem for Republicans is, by law, it's too late to take Mr Moore's name off the ballot even if he decides to quit the race, which - given his history of bucking authority, judicial and otherwise - is no sure bet. Alabama's current age of consent is 16, and was also 16 in 1979, the year of the accusation.

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.

Pursuant to Alabama law, "a nomination for a candidate in a primary or general election shall be finalized by the respective state executive committees not later than 76 days before the primary or general election".

Republicans, already reeling from the election losses they suffered on Tuesday, have only a two-seat majority in the Senate and are facing a handful of hard elections next year.

"I wanted it over with - I wanted out", Corfman told the Post she was thinking at the time of the encounter. He took off her shirt and touched her bra and underwear while also guiding her hand over his trousers, Ms. Corfman told The Post.

She said of Moore at the time: 'He was charming and smiley.' After both meetings, she says she asked Moore to take her home and he did.

Among the handful of Senate Republicans who have endorsed Moore, only Mike Lee of Utah weighed in on the allegations.

Over the ensuing three weeks, two Post reporters contacted and interviewed the four women. He has been twice removed as chief justice of the state supreme court, first for refusing to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments from the grounds of his courthouse and more recently for refusing to implement the U.S. supreme court ruling legalizing gay marriage.

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