Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore was allegedly banned from his hometown mall for soliciting sex from young girls when he was in his 30s, reports The New Yorker.
The publication reached out to more than a dozen people, including a major political figure in the state, who all shared similar accounts of Moore “repeatedly” badgering teen girls and claiming to have heard that he had been banned from the mall for the behavior.
The New Yorker’s Charles Bethea writes:
Some say that they heard this at the time, others in the years since. These people include five members of the local legal community, two cops who worked in the town, several people who hung out at the mall in the early eighties, and a number of former mall employees. (A request for comment from the Moore campaign was not answered.) Several of them asked that I leave their names out of this piece. The stories that they say they’ve heard for years have been swirling online in the days since the Post published its report. “Sources tell me Moore was actually banned from the Gadsden Mall and the YMCA for his inappropriate behavior of soliciting sex from young girls,” the independent Alabama journalist Glynn Wilson wrote on his Web site on Sunday.
“The general knowledge at the time when I moved here was that this guy is a lawyer cruising the mall for high-school dates,” an anonymous officer told the New Yorker.
“I was told by a girl who worked at the mall that he’d been run off from there, from a number of stores. Maybe not legally banned, but run off,” the officer added. “I heard from one girl who had to tell the manager of a store at the mall to get Moore to leave her alone.”
A former colleague of GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore told CNN on Saturday 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.”
A fifth woman, Beverly Young Nelson, came forward Monday and said Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16 after offering to drive her home from work. Instead, she says Moore pulled the car into a dark parking lot behind her restaurant. She alleges he groped her and grabbed her neck to “force my head onto his crotch.”