Effect of media on teenagers about dating
"As a Deputy DA in Gadsden when Roy Moore was there, it was common knowledge about Roy's propensity for teenage girls," she tweeted.
"I'm appalled that these women are being skewered for the truth." She later told CNN that Moore often went to local high school events and other hangouts: "It was common knowledge that Roy dated high school girls, everyone we knew thought it was weird...
One of the four women claims she was 14 at the time, making her the only one whose claim would represent a legal violation. And yet people who lived in Etowah County during that time have said Moore's flirting with and dating much younger women and girls was no secret.
"These stories have been going around this town for 30 years," said Blake Usry, who grew up in the area and lives in Gadsden.
Greg Legat worked at the Record Bar, a music store near Sears in the mall, from 1981-1985.
The store was just down from the back entrance of the mall, near the three-screen Mall Theatre.
This was around 1981, and Thomas worked security at the mall. "In our neighborhoods up by Noccalula Falls we heard it all the time.
One of the people was a pickpocket, he said, while another was someone prone to pick fights. Even people at the courthouse know it was a well-known secret.
During a press conference, she said she was a 16-year-old waitress at the Old Hickory House restaurant in Gadsden when Moore sexually assaulted her in his car."When you didn't smile and flirt back with him, give him an opening, he became rude and demanding," she said.Teresa Jones, who said she worked at the Etowah County District Attorney's Office with Moore, took to Twitter on Friday to say it was "common knowledge" that he pursued teenage girls.He said she had nothing to gain from speaking out, but felt safe speaking out now because her children are now adults.He said that growing up in Gadsden, he'd heard rumors about Moore.