Sheriff: No apparent link between Moore accusation, house fire

Violet Powell
January 6, 2018

Natalie Barton, a public information officer with the Etowah County Sheriff's Department, told Al.com the fire "is still under investigation by the Etowah County Arson Task Force".

"But, you know, right now I'm just so devastated", says Tina Johnson.

Investigators said they are talking with a person of interest, but no arrests have been made.

Another neighbor said the man authorities are investigating "approached her as she was getting in her vehicle that morning and asked if she thought Johnson's house was going to burn".

Johnson first came forward to accuse Moore of sexual harassment in November, a week after several women brought forth allegations in a scathing Washington Post report about teenagers being sexually abused by the Senate candidate.

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Johnson, who is now staying at a motel, told AL.com that neighbors noticed a young man with a history of public intoxication near the house before and during the fire. We have just the clothes on our backs, ' she said.

Nobody appears to have been harmed in the blaze; Johnson and her husband were at work, and her grandson was at school.

The home in Gadsden belonged to Tina Johnson, who told AL.com, an Alabama news site, that Moore had groped her while she was in his Alabama law office on legal business in 1991.

No charges or warrants had been filed as of late Friday afternoon.

At the start of the meeting, Moore remarked on how "pretty" she was and made her feel uncomfortable, she said. The Republican Moore, a former chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court, lost narrowly to Democratic candidate Doug Jones.

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