Moore Says He Never Met 14-Year-Old; Doesn’t Remember Dating Older Teens

By Susan Jones | November 13, 2017 | 11:56am EST
Judge Roy Moore speaks after winning the Republican U.S. Senate primary on September 26, 2017. (Photo: Screen grab/YouTube)

( - Would it be unusual for Judge Roy Moore to date young girls forty years ago? Fox News's Sean Hannity asked Moore in a radio interview last Friday:

"Not generally, no,” Moore said. “If I did – I’m not going to dispute anything, but I don't remember anything like that."

“You don't specifically remember having any girlfriend who was in her late teens even at that time?” Hannity asked  him.

“I don't remember that, and I don’t remember ever dating any girl without the permission of her mother,” Moore said.

Moore also denied having inappropriate sexual contact with a 14-year-old when he was 32. He said those allegations, reported by the Washington Post, "are just completely false" and intended to derail his campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Leigh Corfman told the Washington Post that Moore removed some of her clothing and some of his clothing at his home and touched her, but stopped and agreed to take her home when she asked him to do so.

“I don't know Miss Corfman from anybody,” Moore said. “I never talked to her, I never had contact with her, and allegations of sexual misconduct with her are completely false.  I believe they’re politically motivated. I believe they’re brought only to stop a very successful campaign, and that's what they’re doing.”

But Moore told Hannity he does recognize the names of two other girls who told the Washington Post they dated Moore when they were 17 and 18 and he was in his 30s.

"With regard to the other girls, you understand, this is 40 years ago, and after my return from the military I dated a lot of young ladies,” Moore said. “I do recognize, however, the names of two of these young ladies, Debbie Wesson and Gloria Thacker, which is their maiden names.”

Debbie Wesson Gibson told the Post she was 17 when Moore asked her out on a date after speaking to her high school civics class.

“I do not remember speaking to a civics class,” Moore told Hannity. “I don’t remember that. I do not remember when we – I seem to remember knowing her parents. That they were friends. I can't recall specific dates because it’s been 40 years, but I remember her as a good girl but neither of them (Wesson and Thacker) have ever stated any inappropriate behavior.”

“Do you remember going on a date with her?” Hannity asked, speaking about Debbie Wesson Gibson. “She said that you asked her out on the first of several dates but nothing progressed beyond kissing?”

“I don't remember specific dates, no I do not,” Moore said.

“But you know her but you never dated her, ever. Is that what you’re saying?” Hannity asked.

“I know her but I don't remember going out on dates. I knew her as a friend. If we did go out on dates, we did it.  But I do not remember that.”

Hannity also asked about Gloria Thacker Deason, who said she was an 18-year-old cheerleader when Moore took her on dates that included glasses of wine. The legal drinking age was 19 at the time. “Did that happen?” Hannity asked.

 “No, because in this county, it's a dry county and we never would have had liquor and I would never -- and I believe this, she said that she believed she was underage. And she -- as I recall, she was 19 or older. And that just never happened,” Moore said. He said he remembers Thacker as "a good girl," and he said he "had some sort of knowledge" of her parents.


Moore told Hannity that Leigh Corfman’s allegations about sexual contact “contradict” the “behavior pattern” described by Gibson and Deason.

“In this case, this woman has waited over 40 years to bring a complaint four weeks out of an election. It is obvious to the casual observer that something's up. We are also doing an investigation and we have some evidence of some collusion here, but we’re not ready to put that to the public just yet.”

Moore said his opponents manufactured the story because they’re 11 points behind in the polls.

“They don't like my acknowledgment that there is a God and that we’ve refused to debate them because of their very liberal stance on transgenderism and transgenders in the military and in bathrooms. They’re desperate,” he added.

Moore agreed with Hannity that anyone who abuses a 14-year-old should not be a candidate for the U.S. Senate. “But I did not do that,” he added.

Moore also said there may be more damaging allegations to come: “I don't know what is coming next. But I’m sure in the next four weeks they’re going to come out with another article because they’ve got an agenda and they’re fulfilling their agenda as we speak.”

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