GALVESTON

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore spent nine months in Galveston in the early 1980s, a period that corresponds with the time during which Moore is accused of sexually assaulting teenage girls in his home state.

But a close friend of Moore’s, his kickboxing coach, said there was no evidence Moore did anything wrong during his time on the island.

Moore trained as a kickboxer at Martial Arts America, run by Galveston resident Ishmael Robles, AL.com reported Monday. The gym has been open since 1975.

Moore also worked in construction while he was in Galveston, the Montgomery Advertiser reported in September. He came to the island after losing a bitter campaign for circuit court judge in Alabama’s Etowah County.

Moore came to Galveston in 1983, after Hurricane Alicia, which made landfall near the island in August. The campaign had drained him of his savings, and he had only $300 with him when he arrived, he wrote in a 2005 autobiography.

He came to Galveston in search of Robles, a renowned martial arts trainer to “learn the art of full-contact fighting,” he wrote his autobiography, “So Help Me God: The Ten Commandments, Judicial Tyranny, and the Battle for Judicial Freedom.”

He trained with Robles for less than a year, he wrote.

“For over nine months, I trained as I had never trained before,” Moore wrote. “I devoted every free minute to running, physical exercise and sparring.”

While he was here, Moore managed construction and maintenance at multiple storm-damaged condominiums in Galveston.

He returned to Alabama in 1984 to fight in a single martial arts match. He won and then traveled to Australia, Moore wrote.

In a phone interview on Tuesday, Robles said he had remained in touch with Moore over the years, even traveling to his swearing-in as the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

Moore did not date anyone while he was in Galveston, Robles said.

Robles said he does not believe the allegations that have been laid against Moore.

“He was here for about a year, and he became a good friend of our family,” Robles said. “My dad was dying of cancer and he would go see him every Sunday at the hospital. He was a great friend. I never saw anything peculiar or unusual.”

Robles said he thinks the allegations against Moore are politically motivated.

“It breaks my heart, because he’s got such a wonderful family,” Robles said.

Moore’s life in the late 1970s and early 1980s is under intense scrutiny after a Washington Post report that Moore had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl in 1979, when he was 32, and that he pursued romantic relationships with three other teenage girls between 1979 and 1982.

The women made their accusations on the record, and the newspaper said its reporters spoke to more than two dozen sources before publishing.

On Monday, a fifth woman said Moore groped her when she was 16.

Moore has denied the molestation charges, but didn’t deny he had dated teenagers.

He told FOX News host Sean Hannity that dating teenagers “would have been out of my customary behavior.”

AL.com reported Monday that Moore was known to flirt with teenage girls at a mall in Gadsden, Ala., his hometown. The New Yorker magazine reported similar stories, and claims that Moore was banned from the mall for badgering teenage girls.

The allegations have caused some Republican leaders, including Texas Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, to rescind their support for Moore’s candidacy. He’s on the ballot for a Dec. 12 special election for the Senate position vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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Jean Casanave

I have learned to doubt all of the accusations until proven.(and look who is representing the most recent woman). Of course the GOP are dissing him financially because they wanted Luther Strange to win. Let the people of Alabama vote for whoever they want... people aren't stupid and they see through the BS the media puts out.

Steve Fouga

"I have learned to doubt all of the accusations until proven."

Really? Why? Many of the accusations are turning out to be true.

Carlos Ponce

True? Which. The only evidence is a yearbook signature which makes it look bad but not overwhelming, compelling evidence of sexual misconduct with underage girls. Sean gives him 24 hours to come clean on his statements. If guilty he needs to step aside. If the accusations are part of a DNC smear campaign then we need to know. We need to know either way.
But remember when Harry Reid got on the Senate Floor and said Romney did not pay taxes? After the election when confronted by this LIE, Reid said: "Romney didn't win, did he?"
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/09/15/harry-reid-lied-about-mitt-romneys-taxes-hes-still-not-sorry/
Bill Clinton's accusers kept up their accusations before, during and after to this day. But where are Donald Trump's accusers? There were more than a dozen during the campaign but now they faded away. One dropped a lawsuit after the election. "Never Mind", as Emily Lietella would say.
By the way, Roy Moore was a DEMOCRAT at the time the misdeeds allegedly took place. Not an excuse. Just a fact.

Steve Fouga

I didn't mean the Moore case specifically. I meant recent allegations of sexual misconduct, of which the Moore case is just the latest. Trump, Weinstein, Spacey, Louis CK, GHW Bush... and so on.

My point is that a decent percentage have turned out to be true, which causes me to immediately think the next one might be also, rather than immediately dismiss the allegation as without merit.

Carlos Ponce

You left out Bill Clinton (yes, his sexploits continue!) and Joe Biden who has made many a woman uncomfortable with his touching.
"The clip of Maggie Coons looking slightly uncomfortable as Biden kisses her on the head and whispers in her ear went viral last week."
But her father said his daughter doesn't think he's "creepy". Rightttttt.
http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/12/politics/biden-maggie-coons-creepy/
"What are we going to do about Creepy Uncle Joe Biden?"
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2015/02/18/what-are-we-going-to-do-about-creepy-uncle-joe-biden/

Gary Scoggin

Carlos... way back then he was a Dixiecrat. There were few Republicans in the South. You know better than to get your talking points from Rush.

Carlos Ponce

Roy Moore never ran as a Dixiecrat. He was a Democrat until 1992.
From Wikipedia: Dixiecrat Party
Founded 1948
Dissolved 1948
Split from Democratic Party
Merged into Democratic Party
Roy Roy was born in 1947. If Roy Moore was a Dixiecrat, he would have been ONE YEAR OLD when the party existed then dissolved. Nice try Gary, but you cannot rewrite history!

Sharon Stratman

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2015/02/18/what-are-we-going-to-do-about-creepy-uncle-joe-biden/
Carlos, you know Alexandra Petri's Compost blog is satire, right?

Carlos Ponce

Examine the evidence, Sharon. Biden's actions especially on underage girls looks "creepy". Would you let Joe Biden put his hands on you or your daughter as he has to other females? Satire? Yes, but good satire makes a point.

Mark Aaron

Carlos: [But her father said his daughter doesn't think he's "creepy". Rightttttt.]

Poor Carlos, duped yet again.

Sharon Stratman

I was just checking, Carlos. Normally you don't link to reputable sites like the Washington Post.

Carlos Ponce

Little Marky, look at the video. She looked "Creeped out" to everybody else.

Carlos Ponce

Sharon Stratman, you apparently don't follow these posts very carefully. I link to websites on the approved Liberal reading list when possible. If I link to anything else, narrow minded Liberals throw a hissy fit.

Gary Miller

My first thought was how much did the DNC pay these girls for the stories? The DNC was spending millions opposing More and trailing by 20 %. Buying a few lies would be a lot cheaper. If this works you can bet every male Republican in 2018 in a leading position can expect the same kind of charges.

Steve Fouga

"My first thought was how much did the DNC pay these girls for the stories?"

Probably cheaper than Russians.

Carlos Ponce

But it was the Clintons who were paid by the Russians.

Steve Fouga

Maybe we'll get to see! Remember when I said I'd like to see the Clintons investigated even though I favored Hillary over Trump?

Still, I hope the Hillary investigation doesn't detract from the Trump-Russia collusion case.

Carlos Ponce

So far nothing that indicates collusion between Team Trump and the Russians. Just a few "leaked" reports from "undisclosed sources" that fizzled out.

Steve Fouga

Carlos, plenty "indicates" collusion. For example 2 people have admitted to it, including the president's son.

Carlos Ponce

"For example 2 people have admitted to it, including the president's son." Nice try but not impeachable nor criminal.

Carlos Ponce

The Russian Lawyer, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya met with Fusion GPS prior to and after her meeting with Trump Jr. The Washington Post reported that the political consulting firm Fusion GPS was retained last year by Marc E. Elias, an attorney representing the DNC and the Clinton campaign. The firm then hired former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele to write the now-infamous dossier.
Can you connect the dots? You're smart enough.
"A source familiar with the matter told CNN on Tuesday that the law firm Perkins Coie, as part of its representation of the Clinton campaign and the DNC, retained the intelligence firm Fusion GPS and entered 'into an engagement for research services that began in April 2016 and concluded before the election in early November'."
"[Perkins Coie general counsel Matthew] Gehringer wrote that in March 2016, Fusion approached Perkins Coie to see if its clients would be interested in paying Fusion 'to continue research regarding then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, research that Fusion GPS had conducted for one or more other clients during the Republican primary contest.' The DNC and Clinton campaign engaged Fusion in April to 'perform a variety of research services during the 2016 election cycle'."
http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/24/politics/fusion-gps-clinton-campaign/index.html

Steve Fouga

Impeachable depends on how much Trump Sr. knew, and that we don't know. Criminality depends on Don Jr's intent. If he colluded with Russia to aid his father's campaign, then yes, criminal. We shall see.

Steve Fouga

Gee, that means Veselnitskaya must have met with Fusion GPS about the time a conservative website hired Fusion to do oppo research on Trump. Funny that they knew to engage a Russian for said research.

If you're suggesting that Hillary ALSO did something illegal... well, I'm shocked -- shocked -- to find that a Clinton might have committed a crime.

I think only Nixon "trumps" the last two presidential candidates, for shadiness. [batman]

Carlos Ponce

Your timeline is messed up.
April 2016, the law firm representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC, decided to pick up the payments to Fusion so they could keep on digging.
June 2016 Trump Jr. meets with Russian lawyer.

Steve Fouga

Oh, you're referring to a specific meeting.

I meant that, totally aside from Trump Jr., Veselinitskaya might have had discussions with Fusion GPS while they were doing oppo research on Trump for Washington Free Beacon. Fusion and Veselnitskaya had a prior relationship.

Just speculation, Carlos. I know you prefer to deal in facts, but I like using both.

Mark Aaron

Carlos: [ But it was the Clintons who were paid by the Russians.]

Poor Carlos, duped yet again.

_"Fox News’ Shep Smith Methodically Debunks Uranium One Conspiracy Theories"_

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=60&v=RnsAZzsdI1U

Mark Aaron

Carlos: [ So far nothing that indicates collusion between Team Trump and the Russians. Just a few "leaked" reports from "undisclosed sources" that fizzled out.]

So getting back to your guy the evangelical pedophile Roy Moore. Seems he has been a busy boy...

From: CNBC:

_"Four previously unknown women came forward on Wednesday to allege that they were the targets of disturbing sexual advances by Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. The new accounts bring the total to nine women who have alleged inappropriate sexual behavior by Moore, which he denies. "_

That's 9 and counting. Then his ban from mall for hitting on teenage girls. He had a reputation at work for dating teenagers. Now evidence he was still hitting on young women when he was married. That's some candidate your party selected. What are you Republicans going to do if he wins?

Carlos Ponce

Must be desperate, Little Marky, attaching an OFF TOPIC [offtopic] remark to my post. Or are you just losing it? Whoops, your post answered my question!

Mark Aaron

Carlos: [ Must be desperate, Little Marky, attaching an OFF TOPIC remark to my post.]

This topic is about Roy Moore and his time on the Island. You are the one who is off topic and trying to introduce a red herring so one notices your candidate is a pedophile. And your fellow conservatives in Alabama might still elect him to high office. Why is your party so lax on pedophilia Carlos?

Carlos Ponce

ALLEGED pedophile, Little Marky. If the evidence is there then he should step aside. Until then it just an allegation. Placing "FACTS" on your avatar is nothing but a LIE.
But your attitude of guilt based on an allegation will keep you off juries which is a good thing. Closed Minded Little Marky drawing conclusions with a lack of evidence.
Your party nominated and elected an alleged RAPIST, proven womanizer. But you never write about that, do you??????

Gary Scoggin

I grow weary when people assess these types of allegations through their political lenses. Whenever Your guy is accused of something I assume he’s guilty. Whenever my guy is accused of something, I want absolute proof. Maybe, just maybe, leeches come in all political stripes. The allegations against Moore came out years after the fact. So did many of the initial allegations against Clinton. I believe they were both sexual predators at one time. Whether or not that disqualifies Moore from office is for the people of Alabama to decide.

Mark Aaron

Gary: [ Whether or not that disqualifies Moore from office is for the people of Alabama to decide.]

So if the people of Alabama elect him you are okay with him serving as a US Senator?

Carlos Ponce

Little Marky was okay with an alleged rapist, proven womanizer was elected president (AKA William Jefferson Clinton). He was impeached which made the headlines but many Liberals will deny even that FACT.

Mark Aaron

So you are okay with a degenerate pedophile representing your party Carlos?

Gary Miller

Truth? If Democrat is charged the media says it's a lie and creates excuses if it turns out to be true..
If a Republican is charged The Media Says it is true and looks for any way to prove it.

Mark Aaron

So if the people of Alabama elect him you are okay with him serving as a US Senator?

Carlos Ponce

Slate calls for Senator Al Franken to resign:
"Al Franken Should Resign Immediately"
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/11/al_franken_should_resign_immediately.html
Do you agree or should it be left up to the Minnesota voters?
This one has pictures of him groping a woman while she is sleeping. When pointed out 11 years later, he apologized. Does he get a pass?

Mark Aaron

Carlos, if the people of Alabama elect Roy Moore you are okay with him serving as a Republican US Senator?

Mark Aaron

Carlos: [ This one has pictures of him groping a woman while she is sleeping. When pointed out 11 years later, he apologized. Does he get a pass? ]

The model he accosted was not 14 years old little girl Carlos. That is why Franken's stupid pranking is minor next to the child molester your party's voters are supporting in Alabama. What is wrong with those people Carlos? Why are they so blindly loyal?

Van Jones

I believe the women.

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