"Family values" candidate Roy Moore accused of seducing 14-year-old girl

Friday, 10 Nov, 2017

The top Senate Republican says if the report about Alabama candidate Roy Moore and sexual contact with a 14-year-old is true, he should drop out of the race.

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

'This garbage is the very definition of fake news, ' according to the statement.

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 Washington Post report details the stories of four women who described that Moore expressed interested in them sexually when they were teens.

Moore called the allegations "completely false" and vigorously denied them in a statement. Bombastic and defiant, underfunded, prone to controversial statements (including about Vladimir Putin), and railing against Washington elites, Moore was controversial even before the recent accusations.

"I wanted it over with".

Backed by Breitbart News's chairman (and former presidential adviser) Steve Bannon, Moore won the Republican primary to fill the U.S. Senate seat of Tom Price. Corfman says she voted for Republicans over the past three presidential elections, including for President Donald Trump. Senator Jeff Cornyn called the allegations "deeply disturbing and troubling" Thursday, but that it was up to the government and people of Alabama to decide whether he should be senator.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama. The decades-old claim has been brought by a lady who was 14 years old at the time of the alleged illegal touchings.

But Alabama election law appears to indicate, with little ambiguity, that the deadline has passed for candidates to be replaced on the ballot.

The Washington Post reports that Leigh Corfman has accused Moore of kissing her and telling her she was pretty in one encounter and in another encounter removing his clothes, touching her over her bra and underpants, and guiding her hand to touch him over his underwear.

Moore could conceivably step down if is he personally resigns, but that decision would have to go through the Alabama secretary of state-the state's chief elections official-who would then have to make a ruling as to whether or not Moore could withdraw from the race.

On a second visit, he took off her shirt and trousers, stripped to his underwear, touched her over her bra and underpants, and guided her hand to touch his crotch, she told the Post.

Moore also has a long history of incendiary comments on social issues. At that point, Corfman told the Post, she asked Moore to take her home, which he did. The age of consent is 16 in Alabama and has been since 1920. The election is scheduled to take place December 12, which is only 33 days from Thursday.

The two did not have intercourse, Corfman told the Post. Moore's office was reportedly just down the hall.

Despite the campaign's clear denial of the allegations, several politicians have come forward calling for Moore to step down.