...But it is something to think about....
Depending on the jurisdiction, legal age of consent to sexual activity and/or sexual intercourse ranges from 16 to 18 years old. In some places, civil and criminal laws within the same state conflict with each other.
In Alabama, an individual 19 years old or older who has sexual contact with someone who is younger than 16 but older than 12 has committed sexual abuse.
Individuals aged 15 or younger in Alabama are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, and such activity may result in prosecution for statutory rape and/or sexual abuse.
Currently, the age of consent to sexual intercourse in Alabama is 16.
Currently, the age of consent to marriage with parental permission is 16.
Currently, the age of consent to marry without parental permission is18.
Judge Moore's contention that "he never dated a teenaged girl without her mother's consent" would be viewed as an "affirmative defense" in any criminal proceeding brought against him prior to the tolling of the applicable statutes of limitations.
That would not make what he's been accused of right, but it would mean that what he did wasn't illegal.
Leigh Corfman says she was 14 years old and Moore was 32 at the time the incident involving her and Moore occurred.
(Leigh Corfman(L) and her mother at age 14, 1979)
If her allegations are true, no one doubts that they are, Moore could have been found guilty of statutory rape at the very least...
(This revision is the result of the comment by Amy, which appears in the thread here....)