Alabama Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore has cast his vote for a man who was accused of raping a four-year-old boy.
This revelation comes as Moore is facing accusations of sexual encounters with a 14-year-old girl while he was in his 30s, which he denies.
In 2015, as this was Moore’s second time as sitting justice on the Alabama Supreme Court, the court was given Eric Lemont Higdon’s case. Higdon, a 17-year-old, was convicted of sexually assaulting the four-year-old boy. This happened at Mama’s Place Christian Academy in Clay, Alabama. According to authorities, he did not work there. However, his mother did and he would come on a regular basis. His mother was later removed as an employee.
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He was convicted of one count of first-degree sodomy of a child less than 12 and one count of first-degree sodomy by forcible compulsion. Higdon was sentenced to 23 years in prison.
In other words, Higdon was convicted of statutory and forcible rape.
However, the conviction for forcible compulsion was overturned because the court said they could not prove forcible compulsion. Prosecutor Luther Strange, Moore’s opponent in the Alabama Republican Senate primary, stepped in and appealed the decision, so the state and the Alabama Supreme Court reviewed the case.
When the case was sent back to Moore and the Alabama Supreme Court, almost every single justice on the panel, except Moore, re-established the second count back on Higdon.
When explaining his decision Moore wrote, “Because there was no evidence in this case of an implied threat of serious physical injury…or of an implied threat of death, Higdon cannot be convicted of sodomy in the first degree “by forcible compulsion.”
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