Politics & Government

Roy Moore’s attraction to teenage girls was ‘common knowledge,’ former deputy DA says

Roy Moore continued over the weekend to defend himself against allegations of inappropriate contact decades ago with teenage girls. Moore, twice forced off the Alabama Supreme Court over unrelated issues, is running as a Republican in a special election for the U.S. Senate against Democratic challenger Doug Jones.
Roy Moore continued over the weekend to defend himself against allegations of inappropriate contact decades ago with teenage girls. Moore, twice forced off the Alabama Supreme Court over unrelated issues, is running as a Republican in a special election for the U.S. Senate against Democratic challenger Doug Jones. File

Alabama’s Roy Moore continues to be the subject of national scrutiny, opinion and was even the subject of the opening skit on “Saturday Night Live” after allegations reported in The Washington Post that he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl and dated teenage girls while he was in his 30s.

A supporter of the women, Teresa Jones, served as deputy district attorney in Etowah County, Alabama, from 1982-85, according to her law firm biography. Moore served in the same position from 1977 until 1982, his biography says, while Jones was practicing law in Gadsden, Alabama, the county seat, and serving as assistant city attorney.

CNN reached out to Jones late Saturday, after she posted about Moore on Twitter.

She told CNN: “It was common knowledge that Roy dated high school girls. Everyone we knew thought it was weird . . .

“We wondered why someone his age would hang out at high school football games and at the mall . . . but you really wouldn’t say anything to someone like that.”

Jones tweeted Friday:

“As a Deputy DA in Gadsden when Roy Moore was there, it was common knowledge about Roy’s propensity for teenage girls,” she said. “I’m appalled that these women are being skewered for the truth.”

Moore continued to deny that he had given a teenage girl alcohol, as at least one claimed, or committed any sexual improprieties. He said in a radio interview Friday with Fox News personality Sean Hannity, “I don’t remember dating any girl without the permission of her mother.”

Moore, speaking Saturday at a Veterans Day event in Birmingham, continued to deny he had done anything wrong, “To think that grown women would wait 40 years to come right before an election to bring charges is absolutely unbelieveable.” Applause greeted his comment. Then he added, “Why now?”

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” opened with a sketch featuring comics playing Mike Pence, Moore and fellow Alabaman Jeff Sessions.

“Voters in Alabama will never elect someone who’s had relations with a minor,” the Pence character said.

Responded Moore’s character: “You sure about that?”

Coverage of Moore continued on Sunday morning news shows, with Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania being one of the latest politicians to say on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Moore should bow out of the special Senate race against Democrat Doug Jones.

A senior White House aide Marc Short said on the same show that Moore should be given additional time to defend himself.

The latest polls show the race tightening between Moore and Jones.

Anita Lee: 228-896-2331, @calee99

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