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Report Roy Moore Was Banned From Gadsden Mall And YMCA For “Inappropriate Behavior Of Soliciting Sex From Young Girls”

November 13, 2017

The stench continues coming from Roy Moore, conservative Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Alabama.

This past weekend, I spoke or messaged with more than a dozen people—including a major political figure in the state—who told me that they had heard, over the years, that Moore had been banned from the mall because he repeatedly badgered teen-age girls. Some say that they heard this at the time, others in the years since. These people include five members of the local legal community, two cops who worked in the town, several people who hung out at the mall in the early eighties, and a number of former mall employees. (A request for comment from the Moore campaign was not answered.) Several of them asked that I leave their names out of this piece. The stories that they say they’ve heard for years have been swirling online in the days since the Postpublished its report. “Sources tell me Moore was actually banned from the Gadsden Mall and the YMCA for his inappropriate behavior of soliciting sex from young girls,” the independent Alabama journalist Glynn Wilson wrote on his Web site on Sunday. (Wilson declined to divulge his sources.) Teresa Jones, a deputy district attorney for Etowah County in the early eighties, told CNN last week that “it was common knowledge that Roy dated high-school girls.” Jones told me that she couldn’t confirm the alleged mall banning, but said, “It’s a rumor I’ve heard for years.”

Greg Legat, who is now fifty-nine and living in East Gadsden, was, from 1981 to 1985, an employee at the Record Bar, a store that was in the Gadsden Mall. By the early eighties, Legat told me, the mall was “the place to be. There were no empty stores. And lots of kids came around. Lots of teen-agers. You went there to see and be seen.” Legat met his wife, Jo Anne, there. She worked at a restaurant called Orange Bowl. Legat remembers that parents dropped their kids off at the mall, typically unchaperoned. Teens filled the place.

Legat says that he saw Moore there a few times, even though his understanding then was that he had already been banned. “It started around 1979, I think,” Legat said. “I know the ban was still in place when I got there.” Legat recalled a Gadsden police officer named J. D. Thomas, now retired, who worked security at the mall. “J. D. was a fixture there, when I was working at the store,” Legat said. “He really looked after the kids there. He was a good guy. J. D. told me, ‘If you see Roy, let me know. He’s banned from the mall.’ ” Legat recalled Thomas telling him, “If you see Moore here, tell me. I’ll take care of him.’ ” Legat said that his boss, Eddie Hill, also told him to look for Moore. A phone call to Hill’s number was not returned.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. pattilynn9 permalink
    November 14, 2017 2:21 PM

    Not NYT, meant The New Yorker. Nevermind, I read it. There is not a banned list from the 1980’s.

  2. November 14, 2017 12:28 PM

    Patti–not sure what your question is and I would be happy to respond but am not sure what you are referring to with the NYT–if you are talking about todays’ edition of the Times I have not yet read it.

  3. pattilynn9 permalink
    November 14, 2017 12:22 PM

    Does the NYT reporting consist of a repetition of accusations? Or evidence of being banned?

  4. November 13, 2017 10:27 PM

    The New Yorker is reporting it and they are a most serious and credible operation and publication.

  5. pattilynn9 permalink
    November 13, 2017 10:22 PM

    If it’s so widely known he was banned, where is the documentation? I’m not defending RM….but I truly hate whisperers, gossipers and rumor spreaders. Bring forth the proof!

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