Child Molestation and Roy Moore

Allegations against Roy Moore, Republican candidate to replace Jeff Sessions as senator from Alabama, raise troubling questions about power and coercion. Rumors of Moore’s interest in underage girls date back to the late 1970s and early 1980s, and in fact there’s a report out now that he was apparently banned from one mall in Gadsden, Alabama.

As of today, there are no allegations that Moore produced or distributed any child pornography. But is it any stretch of the imagination that a man who fondled young girls might have viewed child pornography at some time?

What would Moore be Guilty of in NC?

If the allegations of molestation are true, Moore would be at least guilty of indecent liberties with a minor, which merely requires that someone engage in a lewd or lascivious act upon the body or any part thereof of a person under the age of 16. Moore was in his early 20s at least at the time. Sex offender registry would’ve been mandatory.

Why don’t these acts get reported? Especially in small towns, and especially when men have positions of power – are lawyers, or, in Moore’s case, prosecutors – victims can feel both ashamed and also afraid of the repercussions that will follow even if they are believed. And given how someone like Roy Moore has been able to flout the law – twice ejected from the Alabama Supreme Court – and still come back as the GOP candidate for senator, there’s every reason for the victims to have believed he would’ve destroyed their lives.

Damon Chetson

Damon Chetson is a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law. He represents people charged with serious and minor offenses in Raleigh, Wake County, and the Eastern District of North Carolina. Call (919) 352-9411.