Thursday, November 09, 2017
A woman has accused Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually abusing her in 1979 when she was 14 and he was 32. Leigh Corfman told the Washington Post that Moore, then an assistant district attorney, offered to watch Corfman for her mother at Etowah County courthouse while the woman attended a child custody hearing. Moore allegedly obtained her phone number and twice took her to his house in the woods. Corfman said on the second time, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his own clothes then touched her sexually. She said of her thoughts during that incident, "I wanted it over with -- I wanted out." She told a friend at the time she was seeing Moore and told her mother a decade later, the Post reports. Three other women interviewed by the newspaper said Moore pursued them when they were between 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s.
The Post reports, "Corfman, 53, who works as a customer service representative at a payday loan business, says she has voted for Republicans in the past three presidential elections, including for Donald Trump in 2016. She says she thought of confronting Moore personally for years, and almost came forward publicly during his first campaign for state Supreme Court in 2000, but decided against it. Her two children were still in school then and she worried about how it would affect them. She also was concerned that her background -- three divorces and a messy financial history -- might undermine her credibility. ...
"Neither Corfman nor any of the other women sought out The Post. While reporting a story in Alabama about supporters of Moore's Senate campaign, a Post reporter heard that Moore allegedly had sought relationships with teenage girls. Over the ensuing three weeks, two Post reporters contacted and interviewed the four women. All were initially reluctant to speak publicly but chose to do so after multiple interviews, saying they thought it was important for people to know about their interactions with Moore. The women say they don't know one another."
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