This was around 1981, and Thomas worked security at the mall. "In our neighborhoods up by Noccalula Falls we heard it all the time.
One of the people was a pickpocket, he said, while another was someone prone to pick fights. Even people at the courthouse know it was a well-known secret.
He was in his early 30s at the time, she said, and the deputy district attorney of Etowah County.Another former waitress, Victoria Beverstock, told today that she was 20 years old and working at The Poor House restaurant in 1992 when Moore came in a few times a week to eat and do paperwork.Roy Moore's penchant for flirting with teen girls was "common knowledge" and "not a big secret" around Gadsden, according to some area residents.The Senate candidate has denied any wrongdoing in the wake of a report from The Washington Post in which four women accused Moore of inappropriate advances - and in one instance, a sexual encounter - toward them when they were teens and he was in his early 30s. Moore and other Republican leaders have questioned why it took so long for his accusers, now in their 50s, to come forward publicly."It's just sad how these girls (who accused Moore) are getting hammered and called liars, especially Leigh (Corfman)." On Monday, Beverly Young Nelson became the fifth accuser to come forward against Moore.
During a press conference, she said she was a 16-year-old waitress at the Old Hickory House restaurant in Gadsden when Moore sexually assaulted her in his car.
"As a Deputy DA in Gadsden when Roy Moore was there, it was common knowledge about Roy's propensity for teenage girls," she tweeted.
"I'm appalled that these women are being skewered for the truth." She later told CNN that Moore often went to local high school events and other hangouts: "It was common knowledge that Roy dated high school girls, everyone we knew thought it was weird...
It soon became a popular local hangout, especially for teenagers.
Wendy Miller told The Post that she was 14 and working as Santa's helper at the Gadsden Mall in 1977 when Moore first spoke with her and told her she looked pretty.
Two years later, when she was 16, he asked her out on dates, although her mother wouldn't let her go.