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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Gadsden woman says Roy Moore groped her while she was in his law office on legal business with her mother in 1991. Moore was married at that time. In interviews with AL.com, Tina Johnson recalls that in the fall of 1991 she sat in the law office of then-attorney Roy Moore on Third Street in Gadsden. Her mother, Mary Katherine Cofield, sat in the chair next to her. Moore sat behind his desk, across from them. Johnson remembers she was wearing a black and white dress. Almost from the moment she walked in to Moore's office, Johnson said, Moore began flirting with her. "He kept commenting on my looks, telling me how pretty I was, how nice I looked," recalled Johnson. "He was saying that my eyes were beautiful."

Johnson was 28 years old, in a difficult marriage headed toward divorce, and unemployed. She was at the office to sign over custody of her 12-year-old son to her mother, with whom he'd been living. Her mother had hired Moore to handle the custody petition.




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At one point during the meeting, she said, Moore came around the desk and sat on the front of it, just inches from her. He was so close, she said, she could smell his breath. According to Johnson, he asked questions about her young daughters, including what color eyes they had and if they were as pretty as she was. She said that made her feel uncomfortable, too.

Once the papers were signed, she and her mother got up to leave. After her mother walked through the door first, she said, Moore came up behind her. It was at that point, she recalled, he grabbed her buttocks. "He didn't pinch it; he grabbed it," said Johnson. She was so surprised she didn't say anything. She didn't tell her mother. She said she told her sister years later how Moore had made her feel uncomfortable during that meeting. Her sister told AL.com she remembers the conversation. AL.com located the court documents from 1991, detailing the custody transfer. Cofield's petition for custody is signed by Roy S. Moore, attorney.


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No surprise here, and the stories will likely continue to come out. Well, so much for that signature kerfuffle Moore's sycophants tried to muddy the waters with during their 5pm EST press briefing/victimhood staking this afternoon. And yet another woman is claiming personal interaction with Moore when she was 17 and him telling her that he often sought young women her age.

Can't wait to hear Hannity in a few hours, it should be epic.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-11-15 06:03 PM | Reply

aren't there 2 new accusers in the article?

Roll tide, roll
Roll over Judge Roy Moore.

#2 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-11-15 06:15 PM | Reply

Can we consult with Alabama pastors about what the Bible says about serial child molestation.

It seems they dictate law in that backwards state.

#3 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-11-15 06:20 PM | Reply

By the way, is anyone surprised Roy was heading towards divorce?

Probably why he needed juveniles to molest. Adult females could smell the creep in him.

#4 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-11-15 06:22 PM | Reply

aren't there 2 new accusers in the article?

Yet, I focused on the headline and missed the second accuser.

In 1982, Kelly Harrison Thorp was working as a hostess at the Red Lobster restaurant in Gadsden. She was 17 years old and a high school senior.

One day Roy Moore came into the restaurant, and she recognized him.

"He was a public figure in this small town," she said of Moore, who at the time was in his early 30s and the deputy district attorney for Etowah County. Later that year he would mount an unsuccessful campaign for circuit court judge.

Thorp said Moore asked her if she'd go out with him sometime.

"I just kind of said, 'Do you know how old I am?'" she recalled.

"And he said, 'Yeah. I go out with girls your age all the time.'"

Thorp said she turned him down and told him she had a boyfriend. She said he then walked away.

Thorp said she later told a family member but did not tell the story publicly. She moved away from Gadsden the following year, and has just recently moved back.

Thorp knows one of Moore's accusers, Leigh Corfman, who told The Washington Post that Moore had a sexual encounter with her when she was 14. Thorp believes Corfman's story and said she is proud of her for telling it publicly.

#5 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-11-15 06:28 PM | Reply

And these two women answered the question often posed by Moore himself and his unwavering defenders:

One question often levied at the accusers is why didn't they come forward publicly before now, a month away from the special election for Alabama senator(?) Moore has been a public and often controversial figure in Alabama politics for decades.

It's an issue both Johnson and Thorp wanted to address.

Thorp said local women have not spoken publicly against Moore before now because he had power in town and in the state, and they didn't think they would be believed.

"Everybody knew it wouldn't matter," she said, "that he would get elected anyway because his supporters are never going to believe anything bad about him."

Johnson said the answer was even more simple.

"It's because somebody asked," she said. "If anybody had asked, we would have told it. No one asked."

#6 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-11-15 06:35 PM | Reply

Two more women who were teenage workers at the Gadsden Mall have come forward with stories of Roy Moore having approached them and pursued them for dates though neither alleges that he physically did anything more than a "forceful" kiss.


#7 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-11-15 08:55 PM | Reply

"It's because somebody asked," she said. "If anybody had asked, we would have told it. No one asked."

Big time knock against the journalism outlets in Alabama, if you ask me. Why didn't any of the 9 say anything over 40 years? Because nobody asked.

Kind of puts a hole in the "I've been running for some public office one way or another for decades, why is this coming out now?"

Well, because the local journalism may just have been perfectly suited for Republican scum to get elected. So there's that.

#8 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-11-15 09:38 PM | Reply

What a ----



#9 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2017-11-15 11:25 PM | Reply

Hah!...what an amateur


#10 | Posted by Greatamerican at 2017-11-16 01:02 AM | Reply

Hah!...im an idiot


#11 | Posted by jpw at 2017-11-16 10:03 AM | Reply

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