U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore denied allegations in The Washington Post that he had inappropriate contact with a 14-year-old girl when he was a 32-year-old district attorney in Etowah County, calling it "the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation."
The article in Thursday's Washington Post contains allegations from a woman who said Moore kissed her and touched her while she was in her underwear in 1979.
Huntsville resident, Charles Aldrige, said hearing something like this is extremely disturbing.
"It's sickening, you know? No matter who you are or what you position you're in," said Aldridge.
He also said if the allegations are true, he believes Moore needs to step down.
"That's very disturbing and I just can't believe it," Aldridge.
The Post said it had interviewed three other women who all had Moore pursue them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.
Moore, who is running as the GOP candidate in a special election to fill Alabama's U.S. Senate seat, denied the article's information in a statement, saying if any of the information were true it would have come to light years ago.
“Judge Roy Moore is winning with a double-digit lead. So it is no surprise, with just over four weeks remaining, in a race for the U.S. Senate with national implications, that the Democratic Party and the country’s most liberal newspaper would come up with a fabrication of this kind," the statement read.
Moore will face Democrat Doug Jones for the Senate seat in a special election Dec. 12.
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell said Thursday afternoon Moore should step aside in the election if the allegations in the Post's article are true.
The Alabama Secretary of State's office says even if Roy Moore wanted to drop out of the race, his name would remain on the ballot because a key deadline has passed. The party and candidate could revoke the nomination, which would lead to another candidate winning even if Moore received more votes.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.