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GOP Senate Candidate Roy Moore Accused Of Sexual Contact With Teen Girl

Roy Moore speaks to students at ACA in Tuscaloosa Wednesday

The response from Gardner, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other GOP lawmakers follow a report by The Washington Post that detailed Moore's molestation of a young girl when he was 32 and she was 14.

Republican Senator John McCain said Moore should step aside, calling the allegations "deeply disturbing and disqualifying".

In September, Moore defeated Luther Strange in the Republican primary race for the open U.S. Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, who actively supported unusual, said in a statement: "If these allegations are true, he must step aside".

The report comes five weeks before Moore faces off against Democrat Doug Jones in the fiercely competitive special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he became United States attorney general.

During a second visit, she said Moore took off his shirt and trousers and removed her clothes.

Of course, Moore has defined himself as being opposed to everything that McConnell and the national Republican establishment stands for, and, at least at first, judging from his campaign's reply to the story, Moore seems to be determined to brazen things out on familiar lines. Corfman told the Post "she began to feel she had done something wrong". - Moore in a 2002 state circuit court opinion when he ruled against a woman who had come out as a lesbian in her custody case.

"I wanted it over with".

The Post story is based on an account by a woman named Leigh Corfman, now 53.

Why it matters: Moore is yet another example of the many men in power allegedly abusing women, and an Alabama elections spokesperson told Wash Post's Aaron Blake that it's "too late" to remove Moore from the ballot. He adds, "If these allegations are found to be true, Roy Moore must drop out of the Alabama special Senate election". Luther Strange in the primary he lost to Moore.

A total of four women came forwarded Thursday afternoon that allege Moore had inappropriate sexual contact with them while they were under the age of 18-years-old, The Washington Post reported Thursday. Steve Bannon-a former adviser to Trump and leading figure of Breitbart-campaigned for Moore earlier this year. A few days later, Corfman says he picked her up at her home and drove her to his house, where he touched her over her bra and panties and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear. He has been twice removed as chief justice of the state supreme court, first for refusing to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments from the grounds of his courthouse and more recently for refusing to implement the U.S. supreme court ruling legalizing gay marriage. The legal age of consent in Alabama is 16 years of age, and sexual contact between someone who is 19 years of age or older and a person who is 12 to 16 years of age is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year.

Asked whether Moore should represent his state, Alabama's senior senator, Richard Shelby, replied: "I supported Senator Strange - you all know that".

An Alabama political columnist, however, remarked on Twitter that rumors had been floating prior to the Post's story. They did not have sexual intercourse, the Post said.