GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore accused of sexually assaulting teen

U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks to students at American Christian Academy in Tuscaloosa

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

"Roy Moore will be imperative to passing a conservative agenda, and we support him keeping this seat in Republican hands", Gardner said in a statement tweeted out by reporters after Moore had been declared the victor in a hard-fought primary.

The campaign says, "Judge Roy Moore has endured the most outlandish attacks on any candidate in the modern political arena, but this story in today's Washington Post alleging sexual impropriety takes the cake".

Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama said "If that's true", referring to the allegations, "then he wouldn't belong in the Senate". With the special election for the Senate seat formerly occupied by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions set for December 12, Moore's name can not be removed should he choose to withdraw. "At a subsequent meeting, also at his home, he touched her over her bra and underwear, then removed his clothes and had her touch him over his 'tight white" underwear, according to the account in the Post.

His campaign also said that if the allegations were true, they would have come up before.

An Alabama candidate for the US Senate is strongly denying allegations that he sexually abused a 14-year-old girl. "I'll stay out here with her, '" Nancy Wells, Corfman's mother, recalled to the Washington Post.

Alone with Corfman, Moore chatted with her and asked for her phone number, she says.

"He said, 'Oh, you don't want her to go in there and hear all that".

Leigh Corfman told the Washington Post she has voted for Republicans in the last three presidential elections, including Donald Trump in 2016.

But Alabama election law appears to indicate, with little ambiguity, that the deadline has passed for candidates to be replaced on the ballot.

The Washington Post published an extensive report Thursday describing Moore's relationships with the then-14-year-old and three other girls he pursued when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.

"I believed that numerous young criminals whom I had to prosecute would not have committed criminal acts if they had been taught these rules as children", Moore wrote in the book.

Moore became a national figure in the early 2000s, when he lost his position as Alabama Chief Justice after refusing a court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from outside the courthouse.

Moore's resignation is made all the more unlikely by the fact that he's publicly called these allegations "fake news", in an attempt to throw doubt on the women's claims.

Alabama law lists the legal age of consent as 16. 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. Moore is facing Democratic nominee Doug Jones, an attorney who is trailing by a small margin in most polls.

"The Washington Post has already endorsed the Judge's opponent, and for months, they have engaged in a systematic campaign to distort the truth about the Judge's record and career and derail his campaign".

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