Home of Roy Moore accuser burns, investigated as arson

Johnson and her neighbors suspect "a young man who had a history of public intoxication" because he was seen walking around the house before the fire.

Johnson claims Roy Moore groped her rear at his office over two decades ago.

One of Roy Moore's accusers has lost her home in a suspected arson attack. "But, you know, right now I'm just so devastated", says Tina Johnson. "We have just the clothes on our backs".

Johnson accused Moore of grabbing her buttocks in 1991 as she left his law office with her mother, who had hired Moore to handle a child custody dispute between Johnson and her then-husband.

"He's been trouble in the neighborhood for a while", said Tallant, who lives across the street from Johnson and her family. She said she is thankful for her neighbors, who have been supportive of her family.

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The ongoing investigation does not lead to believe that the fire is in any way related to Roy Moore or allegations made against him.

A spokesman for the Etowah County Sheriff's Department said the fire is under investigation by the Arson Task Force, but no charges have been filed.

Doug Jones became the first Democrat sent to the Senate from Republican stronghold Alabama in a quarter century. Johnson was 28 at the time of the alleged incident.

Despite being backed wholeheartedly by President Trump throughout his campaign and dismissing the allegations against him as false, Moore could not overcome them.

"I threw on my coveralls and took off down the driveway", he said, adding that his wife called 911, but the dispatcher said the fire had already been reported.

  • Megan Austin