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Former cop says police were instructed to keep Roy Moore away from cheerleaders

Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore’s reputation around young girls was widely known enough that cops in Alabama were told to keep him away from cheerleaders, a former officer said Tuesday.

“We were told to watch him at the ball games and make sure that he wouldn’t hang around the cheerleaders,” former Gadsden detective Faye Gray told MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell.

“The rumor mill was that he liked young girls. And you know, we were advised that he was being suspended from the mall because he would hang around the young girls that worked in the stores,” Gray added. “And really it had gotten to a place where they said he was harassing.”

Gray, who served in the Gadsden police force for 37 years clarified that, “It was just rumors. The rumor mill was that Roy Moore likes young girls. Not only in our department but at the courthouse too.” It wasn’t clear from her conversation with Mitchell whether she was given explicit orders or whether the rumors were just pervasive enough that cops were actively keeping an eye on Moore.

Seven women have accused Roy Moore of sexual harassment or assault when they were in their teens or twenties, and reports indicate Moore had been banned from a mall for harassing the young women who worked there. Teresa Jones, a former colleague of Moore’s in the district attorney’s office, told CNN that “it was common knowledge that Roy Moore dated high-school girls.”

Despite the revelations and a growing chorus of legislators calling for him to drop out of the tight race, Moore got a boost from President Donald Trump Tuesday.

“He says it didn’t happen. You have to listen to him also,” Trump told reporters before heading to Florida for his Thanksgiving break.