Court documents related to an Alabama woman who says Republican senatorial candidate Roy Moore groped her in his office decades ago, may raise questions about her motives in making the accusation.
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Court documents reviewed by Breitbart News, show that Moore represented Tina Johnson’s mother in a nasty custody case for Johnson’s then 12-year-old son, Daniel Sitz. In the case, Johnson was repeatedly painted by Moore’s client as an unfit, absent, and unstable mother, and accused of taking her son from his elementary school against his will. Johnson’s mother was awarded custody in the case.
An affidavit signed by Johnson’s mother while she was represented by Moore accused Johnson of having a “violent nature” and noted she “has been treated by a psychiatrist when she was approximately 15 years of age.” Johnson was a teenage mother.
Separate criminal documents show as late as 2010, Johnson was arrested and pled guilty to felony fraud charges related to checks belonging to a family member, and entered a court drug program.
Johnson first went public with the claim to AL.com saying Moore groped her when she was “on legal business with her mother” in 1991. The website did noted “Johnson reached out to AL.com” to discuss her alleged experience with Moore.
The website related Johnson was “at the office to sign over custody of her 12-year-old son to her mother, with whom he’d been living.” Johnson claims after the two met with Moore, her mother walked out of the office door first and as Johnson was walking out, Moore grabbed her buttocks from behind saying:
“He didn’t pinch it; he grabbed it.”
Johnson claims she was so surprised by the alleged actions she didn’t mention anything to her mother — even though Johnson described her mother as sitting next to her in Moore’s office just before the alleged incident. Johnson’s mother, Mary Katherine Cofield hired Moore, then a private attorney, to represent her in the custody case for Johnson’s son, Daniel Sitz. The custody documents, filed by Moore, refer to Johnson by her married name at the time, Tina Sitz.
The website; however, did not report on the nastiness of the soap opera-like custody case, or that Moore’s client filed numerous court documents with allegations against Johnson. One affidavit states Johnson “has a violent nature and has been treated by a psychiatrist when she was approximately 15 years of age.”
Another document, signed by Moore, stated that Cofield — and not Johnson — was the “most fit and proper person” to have custody of Daniel Sitz.
Johnson’s son had resided with his grandmother, Cofield, since he was nine months old. Cofield says that, during those years, she provided Daniel with food, clothing, and shelter “without any assistance” from Johnson. A judge officially granted Cofield full custody on September 23, 1991.
In the custody documents, Johnson is accused of taking her son against his will. A September 11, 1991, affidavit signed by Daniel says that two days earlier, Johnson took him from elementary school “against my will and made me go to her home.”
An affidavit signed by Johnson’s mother claimed that Johnson took Daniel from school “forcefully and without my permission.”
Immediately after the school incident, documented by Moore’s office, Cofield was granted temporary custody of Daniel until the September 23 hearing at which she received permanent custody.
Daniel stated that he wants to “live with my grandmother with whom I have lived as long as I can remember.”
The AL.com article, meanwhile, mentioned in one sentence in the 18th paragraph of its story that Johnson “has pled guilty to writing bad checks, and for third-degree theft of property, which she said stemmed from family disagreement over the care of her late stepfather.”
Criminal and court records reviewed by Breitbart News find that she was arrested on February 25, 2010, for the felony charge of criminal possession of a forged instrument and theft by deception. She spent one day in jail and was released on bond.
The case revolved around the charges of intent to “defraud, possess or utter” checks in the amounts of $288, $129.96, $259.92, $300, and $170 respectively. She was also charged with obtaining or exerting unauthorized control over five checks for $25 each with intent to “deprive the owner of said property.”
Those five checks were in the name of “W.G. Cofield,” ostensibly her late stepfather. Cofield personally appeared to file charges against Johnson, criminal records show.
Johnson claims that Moore groped her in 1991 at his private law practice on Third Street in Gadsden, Alabama.
Last week, Breitbart News interviewed Delbra Adams, Moore’s former longtime secretary and judicial assistant. Adams said that, in her 13 years of working for Moore, she never saw or experienced any inappropriate conduct toward women.
Adams worked for Moore in 1991 at the time of Johnson’s accusations. Adams’s desk was right outside his office door at the time. Adams’ name was signed as a notary on one of the custody documents filed in Johnson’s case on behalf of Johnson’s mother, Cofield.
Numerous attempts to reach Johnson for comment were unsuccessful. Moore has strenuously denied the numerous accusations against him.