Republicans call on Moore to end campaign after child sex abuse allegations

Woman Accuses Alabama Senate Candidate Of Unwanted Sexual Contact When She Was 14

While none of the women report having sex with Moore, all say they were inappropriately touched and had other unwanted advances.

Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado says, "The allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore are deeply troubling".

Among the handful of Senate Republicans who have endorsed Moore, only Mike Lee of Utah weighed in on the allegations. 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.

Mitch McConnell said Thursday afternoon Moore should step aside in the election if the allegations in the Post's article are true. He took off her shirt and touched her bra and underwear while also guiding her hand over his trousers, Ms. Corfman told The Post.

In a statement to the Post, Moore, who defeated unusual in an Alabama GOP primary runoff in September, denied the allegations.

Corfman told the Post: "I wasn't ready for that - I had never put my hand on a man's penis, much less an erect one". Moore told Corfman "how pretty she was and kissed her", the report said.

The Post story is based on an account by a woman named Leigh Corfman, now 53. It's too late to get Moore's name off the ballot, even if you manage to get him off the race.

"These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign", he said.

The conservative Moore won Alabama's GOP Senate primary in September, beating the candidate backed by the GOP establishment (and Trump, though he tried to pretend otherwise) in a special election to fill US Attorney General Jeff Session's old Senate seat.

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He asked for Corfman's phone number and picked up a few days later near her house and drove her to his home in the woods 30 minutes away, the report said.

"This garbage is the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation", his campaign added in the same statement.

The Post also notes that three other women interviewed by the paper in recent weeks say Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.

Moore could conceivably step down if is he personally resigns, but that decision would have to go through the Alabama secretary of state-the state's chief elections official-who would then have to make a ruling as to whether or not Moore could withdraw from the race.

The age of consent in Alabama is 16 years of age.

The intensity of the reaction may partly reflect lingering bad feelings from the primary contest between unusual and Moore, held in late September, that pitted much of the Republican establishment - including President Donald Trump - behind odd and the GOP's more conservative flank - including former Trump strategist Steve Bannon - behind odd.

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. They also say they determined that Moore's office was down the hall from the courtroom. Moore is facing Democratic nominee Doug Jones, an attorney who is trailing by a small margin in most polls.

"If they are true, then he should seriously think about stepping aside", he said.

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