Alabama GOP lawmaker believes Roy Moore’s accuser should be prosecuted

Alabama GOP lawmaker believes Roy Moore’s accuser should be prosecuted
Alabama State Rep. Ed Henry said Friday he believes Roy Moore's accusers should be prosecuted. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

What happened?

Alabama state Rep. Ed Henry, a Republican, said Friday that not only does he not believe the recent allegations against GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore, he also thinks Moore’s accuser should be prosecuted.

“If they believe this man is predatory, they are guilty of allowing him to exist for 40 years,” Henry told the Cullman Times. “I think someone should prosecute and go after them. You can’t be a victim 40 years later, in my opinion.”

Henry added that he believes the accusations are politically motivated and that Moore’s accusers will likely be paid off by the Democratic Party, although he offered no evidence to back up the claim.

“The idea that accusations like this would stop his campaign is ludicrous. If this was a habit, like you’ve read with Bill Cosby and millions of dollars paid to settle cases and years of witnesses, that would be one thing,” Henry said. “You cannot tell me there hasn’t been an opportunity through the years to make these accusations with as many times as [Moore] has run [for office] and been in the news.

What did Roy Moore allegedly do?

Moore, who faces Democrat Doug Jones in a Dec. 12 special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, was accused of a 1979 sexual encounter with a 14-year-old. The Washington Post investigative report included the names of four women who accused him of sexual misconduct and was backed up by 30 additional sources. Moore has denied the claims.

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