A retired Alabama police officer says her department was tasked with keeping disgraced Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore away from teen cheerleaders at high school football games when he worked as a district attorney in his hometown of Gadsden.
Faye Gary, who served on the force at the Gadsden Police Department for nearly four decades, told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that the rumors about Moore’s preference for young girls was well known.
“We were also told to watch him at the ball games and make sure that he didn’t hang around the cheerleaders,” Gary said.
“The rumor was that Roy Moore likes young girls,” she said. “We were advised that he was being suspended from the mall because he would hang around the young girls that worked in the stores and … really got into a place of where they say he was harassing.”
“It was not only in our department but at the courthouse, too,” she added.
“Every day we were looking for a complaint to come in,” Gary explained. “And I didn’t realize until sometime later that when they said he liked young girls, I just thought he liked young ladies, you know, maybe in their 20s. I had no idea, or we had no idea, that we were talking about 14-year-olds.”
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) November 21, 2017
Gary previously told The New York Times, “It was a known fact: Roy Moore liked young girls.”
“It was treated like a joke. That’s just the way it was,” she said.
Numerous other former police officers told The New Yorker that it was known that Moore liked young girls and he was banned from the mall.
“The general knowledge at the time when I moved here was that this guy is a lawyer cruising the mall for high-school dates,” a police officer who asked not to be named told the New Yorker. “I was told by a girl who worked at the mall that he’d been run off from there, from a number of stores. Maybe not legally banned, but run off. I heard from one girl who had to tell the manager of a store at the mall to get Moore to leave her alone.”
Teresa Jones, who worked with Moore at the Etowah County District Attorney’s Office also said that it was “common knowledge” that Moore pursued teenagers.
“As a Deputy DA in Gadsden when Roy Moore was there, it was common knowledge about Roy’s propensity for teenage girls,” she tweeted. “I’m appalled that these women are being skewered for the truth.”
She later explained to CNN, “It was common knowledge that Roy dated high school girls, everyone we knew thought it was weird…We wondered why someone his age would hang out at high school football games and the mall.”
Moore is accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl, sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, and preying on many other teenage girls.
Despite the many accusers and people like Gary and Jones confirming Moore’s predatory behavior, President Donald Trump backed Moore Tuesday, essentially saying he prefers an accused child predator to a “liberal Democrat.”
“He totally denies it,” Trump said Tuesday. “He says it didn’t happen. You have to listen to him also.”
“We don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat,”he added. “I’ve looked at his record. It’s terrible on crime. It’s terrible on the border. It’s terrible on the military … we do not need somebody that’s going to be bad on crime, bad on borders, bad with the military, bad for the Second Amendment.”
The person Trump thinks will be “good” on crime is a man who reportedly preyed on children for years. The person Trump thinks will be “bad” on crime prosecuted the KKK in a church bombing that killed four black girls.