Faye Gary, who worked for 37 years as a police officer at the Gadsden Police Department, told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday that she was asked to keep an eye on Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore in the 1980s to “make sure that he didn’t, you know, hang around with the cheerleaders” at local high school football games.
“We were also told to watch him at the ballgames, and make sure that he didn’t, you know, hang around with the cheerleaders,” said Gary about Moore’s widespread reputation for pursuing “young ladies.”
Gary also said she heard that Moore had been banned from entering the local mall because he had been “harassing” young women who worked there.
Moore is facing calls to drop out of the Senate race after multiple women came forward this month to accuse him of sexual misconduct with girls as young as 14-years-old when he was in his 30s.
Watch the interview below.
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) November 21, 2017
A former colleague of GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore told CNN earlier this month that it was “common knowledge” that the former Assistant District Attorney for Etowah County, Ala. from 1977 until 1982, dated high school girls in the 1980s.
Teresa Jones, who served as Deputy District Attorney for Etowah County, from 1982 until 1985, confirmed to CNN that multiple people thought it was unusual that Moore dated high school girls, but that no one ever stepped forward to raise the matter with him.
“It was common knowledge that Roy Moore dated high school girls, everyone we knew thought it was weird,” Jones told CNN. “We wondered why someone his age would hang out at high school football games and the mall … but you really wouldn’t say anything to someone like that.”
Several locals told The New York Times that Moore would often work out at the YMCA gym shirtless.
Delores Abney told the paper that Moore would talk to girls that “appeared to be high school on up” in her exercise class, adding that “it just did not look appropriate.”
Janet Reeves, a former employee of a photo kiosk at a local mall that Moore was known to frequent, said Moore once asked her friend, who was 17 or 18, for her number.
“I just thought he was the creepy old guy,” Reeves told the Times.
Glenn Day, who managed two stores at the mall at the time, said security had asked him to let them know if Moore was at the mall.
“I can’t believe there’s such an outcry now about something everybody knew,” Day said to the Times.
The Washington Post published a report earlier this month based on interviews with more than 30 sources that said Moore pursued relationships with teenagers while he was in his 30s.
One woman alleged she was 14 years old when Moore initiated sexual contact with her.
Another woman came forward after the Post’s bombshell report and accused Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was 16.
Moore has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct.