Former GOP Senate candidate Roy S. Moore of Alabama has asserted that he passed a polygraph that vindicated him of numerous sexual misconduct allegations. One of his accusers has challenged his denial.
Moore has not yet conceded his election defeat to Democratic Sen.-elect Doug Jones. On Dec. 27, Moore filed an election complaint with Alabama officials, urging them to delay a certification of Jones as the state's next U.S. senator. Moore asserted in his complaint that Jones only won the Dec. 5 special election due to voter fraud, a claim which the Alabama secretary of state has dismissed.
"Also provided in the complaint is an affidavit from Judge Roy Moore stating that he successfully completed a polygraph test confirming the representations of misconduct made against him during the campaign are completely false," the Moore campaign said in a statement, according to The Hill.
Several women accused Moore of misconduct during his bid to join the Senate. Leigh Corfman alleged that he had molested her when she was 14 years old and Beverly Young Nelson alleged that he sexually assaulted her when she was 16.
Tina Johnson, who accused Moore of groping her when she visited his legal office in 1991, voiced skepticism that he had passed a fairly administered polygraph test.
"He might have forgotten about me the day I left his office, but the good lord knows he did it," Johnson told AL.com. "I often wondered if he remembered he did it. I remember it because it was something I would never forget."
The Moore campaign stated that Moore underwent the polygraph after he lost the election and that he had passed it while denying the allegations made by Corfman, Nelson and Johnson.
"He can say that if he wants to, but those girls, in my opinion, are not lying," Johnson said. "There's too much truth in their story."
Brian Williams, the former president of the Alabama Association of Polygraph Examiners, said he would need more details before assessing the integrity of Moore's polygraph test.
"Without having known who gave [Moore] his test and which type of test was used, and specifically how the questions were formulated, I can't give an opinion," Williams said.
On Dec. 28, Alabama officials rejected Moore's election complaint and certified Jones' victory. Outside election law experts asserted that the GOP candidate's argument for voter fraud had been supported by very thin evidence, The New York Times reports.
"It seems to boil down to: I should have won under the exit poll and all of this voting by African-Americans must show fraud," said Richard L. Hasen, a professor at the University of California, Irvine.
Moore still did not officially concede the race to Jones.
"I had stood for the truth about God and the Constitution for the people of Alabama," Moore said in a statement. "I have no regrets. To God be the glory."
Judd Legum, editor of progressive-leaning website ThinkProgress, took to social media to link Moore's refusal to concede the Senate race to his denials of sexual misconduct.
"Roy Moore denies that he lost the U.S. Senate election, even after Alabama's Republican Secretary of State certified his opponent as the winner," Legum tweeted out. "Kind of puts his other denials in perspective."
Jones won the Alabama special election on Dec. 12. Johnson told the Los Angeles Times that Moore's election defeat was satisfying.
"It's a great feeling to know that we were vindicated," Johnson said.
Nelson, when asked about the election results, said: "I believe I was believed."
Sources: AL.com, The Hill, Judd Legum/Twitter, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times / Featured Image: Courtauld Institute of Art/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Gabriel Rodriguez/Flickr, Bjoertvedt/Wikimedia Commons