Woman claims Roy Moore groped her when she was 14

Roy Moore speaks to students at ACA in Tuscaloosa Wednesday

Roy Moore speaks to students at ACA in Tuscaloosa Wednesday

Reaction after the Post story was published online was swift and severe. The women say he did not initiate sex and are troubled by the encounters.

The other way Moore could abdicate the ballot is through some form of legal action, but, since the current situation is unprecedented in Alabama politics, no one knows how that would work.

Roy Moore, a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, said during a debate on September 21 that "crime, corruption, immorality, abortion, sodomy, sexual perversion sweep our land".

He is best known to many for his stunt in 2003, where he was removed from office after refusing to take down the Ten Commandments monument he had installed on the grounds of the state judicial building.

"If these allegations are true, he must step aside", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday.

He is running against Democrat Doug Jones in a December 12 special election to replace Republican Sen. The statue of limitations for bringing felony charges against Moore would have passed in the early 1980s, while civil action against him would have expired after Corfman turned 21. He's also a Vietnam veteran and former prosecutor. He has been harshly critical of transgender people serving in the US military.

Ahead of the release of the Wash Post report, Breitbart ran a story calling the Post's motivations into question, with a denial from Moore: "These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign".

Here's the list of the women named by the Post, both underage and not, including a summary of their allegations.

Corfman said the two never had sexual intercourse.

The Post reported that Moore, then 32, first approached 14-year-old Leigh Corfman in early 1979 outside a courtroom in Etowah county, Alabama.

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. During a second visit to Moore's home, Corfman told the Washington Post, Moore removed his and her clothes, touched her over her underwear, and guided her hand to do the same over his "tight white" undergarments. Corfman says she asked Moore to take her home, and he did.

Miller says she was "flattered by the attentio" but now that she is older, 'the idea that a grown man would want to take out a teenager, that's disgusting to me.' She says her mom wouldn't let her date Moore. The legal drinking age at the time was 19.

While several Republicans distanced themselves from Moore, Alabama politician Jim Zeigler defended Moore and dismissed the allegations. He served in the U.S. Army as a company commander with the Military Police Corps in Vietnam. The two chatted, and Moore asked if he could call her sometime.

An Alabama political columnist, however, remarked on Twitter that rumors had been floating prior to the Post's story.

"From 2003 until 2012, Chief Justice Moore served as President of the Foundation for Moral Law in Montgomery, speaking throughout the Country and filing amicus curiae briefs regarding the United States Constitution in Federal District Courts, State Supreme Courts, U.S. Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court", the bio notes.

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