LOCALS: Roy Moore’s Behavior ‘Not a Big Secret’

(Daily Caller News Foundation) Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore’s attraction to teenage girls was “common knowledge” among Gadsden, Ala., locals, according to multiple area residents.

LOCALS: Roy Moore’s Behavior ‘Not a Big Secret’

Roy Moore/PHOTO: Facebook

A number of Gadsden townspeople claim Moore, a firebrand social conservative, established a reputation for pursuing teen girls.

“These stories have been going around this town for 30 years,” Blake Usry, who grew up in the area and lives in Gadsden, told AL.com. “Nobody could believe they hadn’t come out yet.”

“It’s not a big secret in this town about Roy Moore,” he said. “That’s why it’s sort of frustrating to watch” the public disbelieve about the women who have come forward.

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Four women came forward to accuse Moore of pursuing a relationship with them when they were in their teens and he was more than ten years their elder, a damning Thursday Washington Post reported.

One of the accusers said Moore disrobed and groped her when she was 14 and he was 32, the only encounter that would violate Alabama consent law, as the remaining accusers were over the legally required age of 16.

A fifth woman, Beverly Young Nelson, brought new allegations against Moore Monday during a televised press conference attended by high-profile defense attorney Gloria Allred.

Nelson alleges Moore assaulted her in his car after offering to give her a ride home from her shift at a diner, soon after her 16th birthday.

Now in her 50’s, Nelson gave a tearful recollection of how Moore kissed and groped her before trying to force her head down to his crotch.

Usry’s account corroborates claims, made in the WaPo report, that Moore used to spend time at the local mall, and it was there that he complimented her appearance and later asked her out on a date when she was 16.

“He would go and flirt with all the young girls,” Usry said. “It’d seem like every Friday or Saturday night (you’d see him) walking around the mall, like the kids did.”

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Greg Lagat, who owned a business adjacent to the mall, said local police showed him a photo of Moore and said to look out for him and notify them if he showed up.

“I asked him, ‘What did he do?’” Legat said. “He said, ‘If you see him, let me know. I’ll take care of it.’”

AL.com spoke with five other current and former Etowah County residents, all of whom confirmed Moore’s reputed penchant for teen girls.

One of the residents, a waitress, claimed Moore frequented the diner she worked in and his behavior frightened the female wait staff.

“He watched us girls quite openly,” said former waitress Victoria Beverstock. “His eyes crawled over our shirts and our backsides. He was so open about it that I would try and handle his order as quickly as possible.”

“When you didn’t smile and flirt back with him, give him an opening, he became rude and demanding,” she said.

Teresa Jones, who claims to have worked as deputy district attorney in Gadsden, claimed his reputation followed him in his professional life.

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  • Janelle

    If this was common knowledge in Gadsden, four decades ago, where were all the fathers, brothers, mothers and friends? This story and the ladies allegations have more holes than a colander.

    • Doc Sarvis

      White Male power in the South. Add on his prominent political position and he seemed untouchable. Good for these brave women – coming forward to hold his feet to the fire.

      • Janelle

        I would have cleaned the clock of any male who behaved like that. And you didn’t address what I said.

        • Doc Sarvis

          Since the young women were intimidated by this expression of White Male power (in the South) they would have kept the crime a secret. Therefore, their fathers, brothers, mothers, and friends would not have known about it. Those few who shared the facts of his crimes too would have been intimidated. He even told at least one of the women that they would not believe her over his White Male power (in the South).
          Addressed it again!

          • Janelle

            Where are you from?

          • Doc Sarvis

            A place called The Truth.

          • Janelle

            You have not lived in the south.

          • Doc Sarvis

            I sure have.

          • Janelle

            So have I and I never saw what you are speaking of. The men were very protective of their children, sisters, wives and mothers. And I never met a southern woman who was intimidated by any male, either.
            We will simply disagree on this.

          • Doc Sarvis

            “The men were very protective of their children, sisters, wives and mothers.” That can and does exist where sexual predators, like Roy Moore appears to be, intimidate female prey. Maybe you should get out more.

          • Janelle

            Actually, we need to stop this discussion.

          • Doc Sarvis

            I respect the Gadsden townspeople who have come forward; those who were assulted by this man and those who had heard rumors of his crimes. It is good that the people of that area are stepping up.

          • Janelle

            We have finished this discussion.

            Sent from my iPad

          • Doc Sarvis

            I’m not offended if you drop from the conversation. I just hope that the local people can find peace in the truth that is coming out now. Too long since the crimes were committed and too late to keep this man from hurting those young women.

          • gordon hoyt

            Why do you say crimes? What crimes?

          • greg drawhorn

            Yes we need more people stepping up over “rumors”

          • Jaye Miller

            He’s obviously a troll…

          • Janelle

            Jaye, he has a different opinion. I’m okay with that………just not willing to argue it to death. It isn’t worth it.

          • margie

            You are wrong. . just another weapon of the democratic part such as Herman Cain, President Trump and others. This time used stories old enough that they don’t have to go to court and face possible perjury.

          • Jaye Miller

            You sound ignorant! I’m from the south, too many holes in these 40 year old stories…

          • greg drawhorn

            Why do you keep putting in the South in parentheses? Is there no “White Male” power in the north? Plus it was 35-40 years ago not 60. You obviously don’t have a clue about the strength of women (in the South)!

    • Jaye Miller

      Yep, the police told local businesses to be on the lookout for the attorney who worked at the courthouse or for the DA? That makes absolutely no sense..

      • Janelle

        Another piece of the puzzle which doesn’t fit. I am very skeptical about this.

        • Jaye Miller

          Me too, puzzle pieces doesn’t seem to fit…

          • Janelle

            You know what bothers me the most? If this was well known behavior in this town, a pox on the fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters.