Utah woman defends Roy Moore accuser

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) The Utah wife of a former US Representative defends a woman speaking out against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

Jacquelyn Orton said Leah Corfman is a close high school friend from Gadsden, Alabama. She insists Corfman has nothing to gain from accusing Moore of sexual abuse while she was 14 and he was in his 30s.  

“The combination of knowing Leah as long as I have and having grown up in the same environment she grew up in, there was never a question in my mind she was telling the truth,” Orton said.

Orton and Corfman reconnected after Orton’s husband, Billl, a former democratic congressman, died in an ATV accident in 2009. 

Now, Orton’s standing up for her longtime friend who is accused of starting a political witch hunt against the Republican candidate. 

While currently campaigning for the Utah State Legislature as a Democrat herself, Orton said the alleged sex abuse is not a political issue.

“The goal here is not to elect a Democrat. The goal is not to elect a child molester,” Orton said. 

Moore denies any inappropriate contact with teenage girls while he was a prosecutor. 

The Alabama Senate Special Election is currently scheduled for December 12 and could prove critical in the balance of the US senate.

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