Child sex allegations hit GOP Senate hopeful ’10 Commandments Judge’

Roy Moore. Photo via rightwingwatch.org

Roy Moore, the former “Ten Commandments Judge” in Alabama who is that state’s Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, is denying an investigative report in the Washington Post alleging he had inappropriate relations with young girls.

The Washington Post’s report Thursday alleged Moore got way too intimate with a 14-year-old girl when he was in his 30s.

The now-grown woman says he touched her over her bra and underpants, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.

“Aside from [the girl], three other women interviewed by The Washington Post in recent weeks say Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s, episodes they say they found flattering at the time, but troubling as they got older. None of the three women say that Moore forced them into any sort of relationship or sexual contact.”

But the incidents — denied by Moore — brought major GOP figures to urge Moore to quit the race if the stories are true.

“If these allegations are true, he must step aside,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement.

GOP Sen. Susan Collins tweeted, “If there is any truth at all to these horrific allegations, Roy Moore should immediately step aside as a Senate candidate.”

And the same from National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman Cory Gardner: “If these allegations are found to be true, Roy Moore must drop out of the Alabama special Senate election.”