Alabama Senate Candidate Faces Sex Abuse Accusation: Woman says Roy Moore initiated sexual encounter when she was 14, he was 32

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Washington Posts Reports

Leigh Corfman says she was 14 years old when an older man approached her outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Ala. She was sitting on a wooden bench with her mother, they both recall, when the man introduced himself as Roy Moore.

 

It was early 1979 and Moore — now the Republican nominee in Alabama for a U.S. Senate seat — was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney. He struck up a conversation, Corfman and her mother say, and offered to watch the girl while her mother went inside for a child custody hearing.

“He said, ‘Oh, you don’t want her to go in there and hear all that. I’ll stay out here with her,’ ” says Corfman’s mother, Nancy Wells, 71. “I thought, how nice for him to want to take care of my little girl.”

Aside from Corfman, three other women interviewed by The Washington Post in recent weeks say Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s, episodes they say they found flattering at the time, but troubling as they got older. None of the women say that Moore forced them into any sort of relationship or sexual contact.

AL.COM Reports

I’ve been mischaracterized in the press saying that I hate people because of their beliefs. I don’t hate anybody. I’m a Christian,” he told reporters after speaking at a K-12 Tuscaloosa Christian school. “That’s why I’m speaking at the American Christian Academy here. Christians don’t hate people. We don’t hate gays, we don’t hate people — we hate sin. That’s something biblical. I stand for principles … but I don’t hate people, and I don’t hate them because of their religion or anything else. Freedom of conscience is something that I spoke about today. …The freedom of conscience allows people in this country to worship as they will, but that freedom comes from God.”

Moore also said there’s no need for him to debate his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, because their differences are well documented. On Wednesday, Moore’s camp declined an invitation from AL.com in collaboration with WHNT to debate with Jones in advance of the senate election. Jones was willing to participate.

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