Roy Moore Was Banned From Mall For Soliciting Children Long Before Scandal Became Public

“The general knowledge at the time when I moved here was that this guy is a lawyer cruising the mall for high-school dates.” 

After the Washington Post broke a story on the alleged sexual misconduct of far-right Alabama politician Roy Moore, many locals began looking back at incriminating incidents that support the stories of the victims who claim that he courted them when they were children. Now, as a fifth accuser comes forward with even more allegations against Moore, Alabamans recall that Moore had allegedly been banned from The Gadsden Mall for attempting to solicit sex from teenagers.

Yesterday, a fifth accuser said that Moore had acted sexually inappropriate with her. According to the New York Times, Beverly Young Nelson discussed Moore's attack on her at a press conference. She also detailed the ways he used his position as a prosecutor in Etowah County to intimidate her into silence.

“I tried fighting him off, while yelling at him to stop, but instead of stopping, he began squeezing my neck, attempting to force my head onto his crotch,” said Nelson. Moore allegedly warned her that “no one will believe you” if she came forward with the story.

Meanwhile, The New Yorker published a series of recollections from locals who remembered Moore for his predatory behavior. 

“Sources tell me Moore was actually banned from the Gadsden Mall and the YMCA for his inappropriate behavior of soliciting sex from young girls,” journalist Glynn Wilson wrote on his website on Sunday, supported by testimony from "five members of the local legal community, two cops who worked in the town, several people who hung out at the mall in the early eighties, and a number of former mall employees."

“The general knowledge at the time when I moved here was that this guy is a lawyer cruising the mall for high-school dates,” said an unnamed officer. “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.”

Moore continues to deny allegations made against him: "I believe they are brought only to stop a very successful campaign, and that’s what they are doing," he says.

He also said on Sean Hannity's show Sean Hannity's show: "I don't remember ever dating any girl without the permission of her mother," he claimed.

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