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Mitt Romney: 'Moore is unfit for office and should step aside'

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Former Republican Presidential Candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has some strong words for Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore following allegations of sexual misconduct.

Romney tweeted: "Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections. I believe Leigh Corfman. Her account is too serious to ignore. Moore is unfit for office and should step aside."

Washington Post reporters were in Alabama reporting on other stories surrounding the hotly contested Alabama Senate race when the explosive allegations surfaced against Moore. We spoke with them to get a closer look into their investigation.

Leigh Corfman telling The Washington Post Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her in the Gadsden area when she was 14 years old and he was 32. Corfman told the Post the contact was not desired and wanted it to be over. Corfman says Moore told her how pretty she was and kissed her then she says he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes and allegedly touched her over her bra and underwear.

“She does not allege any sex occurred. She says that it was basically touching and him have her touch him,” Aaron Blake, a reporter with The Washington Post said.

Three other women also say Moore pursued them when they were teens and he was in his early 30s. Those women saying Moore did not force them into any sexual contact.

Blake says why he believes the women came forward. “I think in light of some of the allegations made against a number of powerful men in recent months and years, they decided they wanted to talk this time,” Blake said.

The Washington Post story took six weeks to put together. The newspaper spoke with 30 sources.

The Moore campaign denies the claims saying the allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack.

In a short statement, Doug Jones spokesperson says: "Roy Moore needs to answer these serious charges”.

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