Faye Gary, a retired Gadsden police officer from the Alabama county where Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) worked as an assistant district attorney, told the New York Times that the stories about Moore being interested in young girls were treated “like a joke.”
“It was a known fact: Roy Moore liked young girls,” Gary told the Times.
“It was treated like a joke. That’s just the way it was.”
Several locals told the 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.