Roy Moore allegedly interrupted a teen's high school trigonometry class in order to ask her out on a date.
Roy Moore was known as the local creep who hung out at the mall to speak to teen girls.
Gena Richardson says she was a high school senior working in the men’s department of Sears at the Gadsden Mall when a man approached her and introduced himself as Roy Moore. “He said, ‘You can just call me Roy,’ ” says Richardson, who says this first encounter happened in the fall of 1977, just before or after her 18th birthday, as Moore, then a 30-year-old local attorney, was gaining a reputation for pursuing young women at the mall in Gadsden, Ala.
Richardson's supervisor told her to 'watch out for this guy' because Moore was gaining a reputation as a pervert.
His overtures caused one store manager to tell new hires to “watch out for this guy,” another young woman to complain to her supervisor and Richardson to eventually hide from him when he came in Sears, the women say.
Moore kept hectoring Richardson and asked her out. She declined his offer.
Richardson says Moore — now a candidate for U.S. Senate — asked her where she went to school, and then for her phone number, which she says she declined to give, telling him that her father, a Southern Baptist preacher, would never approve.
Moore then raised the bar of creepiness. He called the teen's principal's office at Richardson's school and asked him to interrupt her class. Moore was waiting on the phone to ask her out AGAIN.
A few days later, she says, she was in trigonometry class at Gadsden High when she was summoned to the principal’s office over the intercom in her classroom. She had a phone call. “I said ‘Hello?’” Richardson recalls. “And the male on the other line said, ‘Gena, this is Roy Moore.’ I was like, ‘What?!’ He said, ‘What are you doing?’ I said, ‘I’m in trig class.’ ”
Moore then showed up at Richardson's job at Sears and asked her out AGAIN! This time, Richardson relented and agreed to go on a date with Moore. On the date, Moore forcefully kissed the teen causing her to feel disgust and anger.
“I never wanted to see him again,” says Richardson, who is now 58 and a community college teacher living in Birmingham.