Doug Jones, the Democratic nominee running in the special election for the open U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, said his opponent Roy Moore must “answer” to allegations that he romantically pursued teenage girls while he was in his 30s.

“Roy Moore needs to answer these serious charges,” Jones said in a statement.

Four women told the Washington Post on the record about their interactions with Moore. They said the former judge took them on dates and brought them back to his home, despite the fact he was nearly twice their age and they were between the ages of 14 and 18.

Leigh Corfman said Moore initiated sexual contact with her when she was 14 years old at Moore’s home. She said she did not have intercourse with Moore and requested to be taken home.

Moore, who won Alabama’s GOP primary in September, denied the accusations.

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

Just before the Washington Post published the report on Thursday, Moore’s campaign denied the accusations that were about to become public to Breitbart News, describing the piece as “intentional defamation.”