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We had a stomach-turning story in the newspaper in June that I was reminded of recently.

Twelve men were arrested by Warren County Sheriff’s Office, which had run a sting, seeking to catch men who showed an intention to have sex with a 14-year-old girl in a Queensbury motel. The men were lured by an online ad placed by the cops, then sent to the motel, where they were met by officers instead of the 14-year-old they expected.

The men ranged in age from 21 to 63.

Recently, we ran a brief about one of the men pleading guilty to attempted second-degree criminal sexual act, which made me think of Roy Moore, the U.S. Senate candidate from Alabama.

Moore has not been convicted of a crime, but he is guilty of some, I believe, and one of them was with a 14-year-old girl, and it wasn’t “attempted.” It was committed.

That girl is now a middle-aged woman. Moore, in his 30s at the time, arranged to meet her, drove her to his house, took off her clothes and fondled her over her underwear. That’s the story she tells, and I believe her, not only because she talks about the attack in a believable way, and Moore’s denials ring hollow, but also because many other women and other witnesses have come forward to testify to his preference for teenage girls and tendency to pursue them.

It struck me, reading the news item in our paper, how disgusting I found it, how incredible that grown men would agree to drive to a motel for what they thought would be sex with a 14-year-old girl. Then it struck me that Moore did something worse, and yet a lot of people think he’s fit to serve in the U.S. Senate, which is the most incredible thing of all.

Will Doolittle is projects editor at The Post-Star. He may be reached at and followed on his blog, I think not, and on Twitter at @trafficstatic.


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