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Ex-Alabama police officer says she was told to keep Roy Moore away from high school cheerleaders

Senate Republican candidate Judge Roy Moore has denied the allegations about sexual misconduct. A former Gadsden, Alabama, police officer said it was widely known in the town that Moore “liked young girls.” (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A former Gadsden, Alabama, police officer told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday said it was widely known in the town that Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore “liked young girls.”

Moore has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct toward them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. One of the accusers was just 14 when she said Moore groped her.

What did the police officer say?

Faye Gary, a 37-year veteran of the Gadsden Police Department, said, “The rumor was that Roy Moore likes young girls — it was not only in our department but at the courthouse, too.”

Gary said she was told that Moore was suspended from the Gadsden Mall because “he would hang around the young girls that worked in the stores and you know, it really had got to a place where they said he was harassing them.”

She also said she was told “to watch him at the ball games and make sure that you know, that he didn’t hang around the cheerleaders, where the cheerleaders would be.”

Gary said she initially heard the rumors, she thought “he liked young ladies, you know, younger than him, maybe in their 20s.”

“I had no idea, or we had no idea, that we were talking about 14-year-olds,” she said.

She said there was nothing they could do about the rumors at the time because the department never received an official complaint about Moore’s alleged behavior.

“We looked, we waited, you know, when it was really heard like on a daily basis, every day, we was looking for a complaint to come in,” Gary said.

Moore and his campaign have denied the allegations and claimed that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) planted the story.

Moore faces off against Democrat Doug Jones in a special election on Dec. 12 for the Senate seat to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

(H/T: Law and Crime)

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