A former colleague of U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore said Saturday that it was “common knowledge” that the Alabama Republican dated high school girls while he was the assistant district attorney for Etowah County.
Moore worked in the district attorney’s office from 1977 until 1982 and his coworkers found it strange that he regularly dated high school girls, Teresa Jones, who held the deputy district attorney post in Etowah County from 1982 until 1985, told CNN.
No one confronted him about the behavior — which included preying on young girls at high school gatherings — at the time, she said.
“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.”
Jones’ comments came two days after the Washington Post’s bombshell report that Moore, now 70, allegedly pursued sexual relationships with minors when he was in his early 30s.
Four women told the Post that he sought them out for sexual and romantic relationships when they were girls.
One of his accusers, Leigh Corfman, told the paper that she was just 14 when the former Alabama Supreme Court justice pursued her.
Another accuser, Gloria Deason, said she was 18 when the 30-something Moore provided her with alcohol and took her on dates.
Moore claimed Saturday that the timing of the allegations against him suggested that they were politically motivated.
“Isn’t it strange that after 40 years of constant investigation people have waited until four weeks prior to the general election to bring their complaints. That’s not a coincidence, it’s an intentional act to stop the campaign,” Moore said Saturday.
Moore denies the allegations, but told Sean Hannity that he did “not generally” pursue teenage girls in an interview Friday.
President Trump said on a trip to Asia that he hopes Moore does “the right thing” if the allegations against him prove to be true.
Steve Mnuchin, Marc Short, and Kellyanne Conway joined the chorus of White House officials who condemned the alleged behavior, calling on Moore to withdraw from the race if he is in fact guilty.
“Conduct as described should disqualify anyone from serving in public office,” Conway told ABC. “The President and others in the Republican party have made clear that if allegations are true, this man should step aside…”