The landmark victory of Doug Jones over Roy Moore took the country by storm, as Jones became the first Democrat to win in an Alabama Senate race since 1992. After allegations emerged regarding the Republican contender Roy Moore’s sexual misconduct earlier in his career, popularity for the Senate candidate dwindled. On Friday, authorities stated that they are investigating the potential of arson at one of the accuser’s homes, ruling out other causes.
Although, fortunately, nobody was hurt in the fire itself, the accuser Tina Johnson and her family lost their home as a result of the blaze. According to the Etowah County Sheriff’s Department, “that fire is still under investigation by the Etowah County Arson Task Force. A suspect of interest is being spoken to. But there have been no charges, to my knowledge, related to the fire at this time.”
Tina Johnson, one of Roy Moore's accusers, had her home burn down this week. It's being investigated for arson. https://t.co/7jUvLdSYD7
— Axios (@axios) January 5, 2018
Neighbors claimed that a young man, who has become infamous for causing trouble in the neighborhood, was spotted walking around the home prior to the start of the fire. The man is known for his consistent public intoxication and troublesome activities in the town, and has since become a person of interest for the police department in Etowah County.
Etowah County investigators: person of interest found in apparent arson of Tina Johnson's home; they do not believe it is related to her allegations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore #WBRC pic.twitter.com/QVxFAAHml9
— Dixon Hayes (@fox6dixonhayes) January 5, 2018
Johnson became thrusted into the spotlight last year, after being one of nine accusers that alleged sexual allegations against Roy Moore several decades prior. In November, Johnson claimed that Moore groped her while she was present at the former candidates law office, when she was transferring the custody of her son to her mother. The event, which took place in 1991, was described as an unwanted advance by Moore, as he continuously made comments about her attractive physical appearance. Johnson was 28 at the time of the misconduct, whereas other Moore accusers at the time were as young as the age of 14.
Moore’s loss in the Alabama special elections, which was replacing former Senator Jeff Sessions’ seat that had been vacated, occurred on December 12 and continues to be a hotbed of contention for the former candidate. Despite the votes showing evidently that Moore had lost, the candidate has yet to concede victory to the winner, Doug Jones. Jones’ victory is landmark not only due to the shift it provides in the Senate split between Republicans and Democrats in the legislature, it is also the first time in more than 20 years that a Democrat has won the Alabama seat in the overwhelmingly red state.
Tina Johnson, who accused Roy Moore of groping her decades ago, says her house burned earlier this week. "We don't have anything," she told me. @WVTM13
— Erin Kelly (@ErinWVTM13) January 5, 2018
Johnson and her family are currently residing in a motel nearby, after losing their home to the fire. According to Johnson’s account, after speaking to the neighbors one of them stated to her that the young man in question asked the neighbor whether or not he thought Johnson’s house would burn. Fortunately, at the time of the blaze Johnson and her husband were at their workplace, while their grandson was present at school. Upon noticing the raging fire around the home, neighbors quickly called the authorities in order to quell the fire, despite the fact that the damage had already been incurred.