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Several women have come forward to claim that former Alabama judge Roy Moore solicited them for sex during their teenage years.

Moore, who was ousted from the Alabama Supreme Court after attempting to halt same-sex marriages in his state, worked in the district attorney’s office in the late 1970s. Leigh Corfman tells The Washington Post that in 1979, Moore came up to her outside of a courtroom in Etowah County, where she was seated with her mother, Nancy Wells. After exchanging pleasantries, the attorney offered to supervise Corfman—so Wells could go about her business.

When he had Corfman alone, she claims Moore gave her his number. The 32-year-old would take her out twice, allegedly initiating a sexual encounter on the second visit. After removing her shirt, Moore fondled her while she was in her undergarments. With just his underwear on, Corfman says that he instructed her to do the same.

“I wanted it over with—I wanted out,” she tells the Post of what was going through her mind during the encounter. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.”

Corfman was just 14 at the time. The age of consent in Alabama is 16.

The 57-year-old isn’t the only woman who claims that Moore engaged in predatory behavior when they were underage and couldn’t legally consent to sexual activity. The first time Wendy Miller met Moore, she was just 14 years old. He waited two years to ask her out, but Miller’s mother forbid the two from seeing each other.

Each of the women interviewed by the Post claims that they found his attention “flattering at the time” but came to see the experience as “troubling [when] they got older.”

Debbie Wesson Gibson says that Moore asked her out when she was a student in high school, after giving a lecture to her civics class. She alleges that the conservative didn’t go further than a kiss during the times when they were alone. After asking out 18-year-old Gloria Thacker Deason, she claims Moore would ply her with Mateus Rosé wine. At the time, the drinking age in Alabama was 19.

Moore, who is running for Jeff Sessions’ vacated Senate seat, has patently denied the allegations, referring to them as a political ploy and a plot by the media.

“These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” the 70-year-old claimed in a statement. He referred to the numerous allegations as “garbage” and “the very definition of fake news.”

His accusers say that the reason they waited so long to come forward is that they knew Moore would attempt to discredit their stories.

Corfman tells the Post that she’s “not an angel.” She has been divorced three times and struggled with personal debt, although Corfman dismisses any suggestion that her allegations are politically motivated. A registered Republican, she has voted for the GOP presidential candidate in every election since 2008 and cast a ballot for Donald Trump in last year’s race.

The accusations are poorly timed for Moore, who leads Democratic challenger Doug Jones by 11 points in the Senate runoff.

The same day that the Washington Post story broke, CNN reports that the former judge was dismissed from a 1996 divorce case involving a lesbian mother. Attorneys for Suzanne Scott Borden requested that Moore recuse himself after he forbid their client from seeing her children without supervision.

Borden had an affair with another woman during her marriage, and Moore claimed that her “lifestyle” posed a danger to her kids.

“The court strongly feels that the minor children will be detrimentally affected by the present lifestyle of [Mrs. Borden] who has engaged in a homosexual relationship during her marriage, forbidden both by the laws of the State of Alabama and the Laws of Nature,” Moore said at the time.

The ousted justice, who was removed from the bench in 2015 after being found guilty of multiple ethics violations, is one of America’s most outspoken opponents of equality. Moore has compared same-sex marriage to slavery and claims that homosexuality should be illegal. When asked during a radio interview whether LGBTQ people should face the death penalty, he told pastor Kevin Swanson that he wasn’t sure.

But in addition to poor timing, these claims could be the straw that breaks his campaign. Moore has held a consistent lead in the special elections, but Republican leaders are calling on him to drop out of the race.

“If these allegations are true, he must step aside,” Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement.

Voting will take place in the Alabama Senate election on Dec. 12, 2017.

Photography: Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images