Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate from Alabama who has been accused of sexually molesting five teenage girls several decades ago, was something of a notorious figure in his hometown of Gadsden, according to a report in The New Yorker.
A roster of sources — “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” — told the publication that Moore, now 70, had been banned from the mall because he “repeatedly badgered teen-age girls.” Though not all were certain that a formal ban had been implemented, they recalled hearing stories about Moore when he was in his thirties.
“Us kids would congregate outside on the sidewalk near the theater after the mall closed on Friday and Saturday nights,” one local said, for instance. “Anyway, when asked why they had to keep an eye outside, they said that some older guy had been trying to pick up younger girls. They didn’t go beyond that but one of the concession workers whispered to us later that it was Roy Moore he was talking about.”
Two unnamed police officers also confirmed that they had heard rumors about Moore’s unsavory behavior. “The general knowledge at the time when I moved here was that this guy is a lawyer cruising the mall for high-school dates,” one officer said. Locals in Gadsden painted a similar portrait of Moore in report by to Al.com. “It’s not a big secret in this town about Roy Moore,” Blake Usry said. “That’s why it’s sort of frustrating to watch” he said of those who are questioning the accounts of Moore’s accusers.
Moore has not yet responded to the reports, but he has denied the other allegations made against him, labeling them “completely false and a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and The Washington Post,” which was first to break the news of Moore’s alleged sexual misconduct.
Read the full story at The New Yorker.