“If they believe this man is predatory, they are guilty of allowing him to exist for 40 years. I think someone should prosecute and go after them,” state Rep. Ed Henry, a Republican, told the Cullman Times. “You can’t be a victim 40 years later, in my opinion.”
Four women told the Washington Post that Moore pursued them when he was in his 30s and they were teenagers. One, Leigh Corfman, said Moore “took off her shirt and pants, and removed his clothes” during one encounter in 1979 when she was 14.
Moore then “touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.”
The other three women said Moore took them out on dates when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.
The conservative judge, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, denied their accounts and accused the women of lying.
Moore also said the story is “fake news” and “intentional defamation.”
In the wake of the revelations, numerous Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have said Moore should step down “if” the allegations are true.
Henry, the Alabama state representative, said he doesn’t believe Moore’s accusers, and questioned why the accusations wouldn’t have come out earlier in the judge’s political career. The Post story, however, said the paper approached the women to tell their stories, and not the other way around.
“I’m not buying it,” he said. “It’s too easy for someone to make these allegations. It’s foolish to go down that road. It’s like what if a frog had wings, he wouldn’t bump his ass every time he jumps.”