Former Alabama GOP state legislator and Trump ally, Perry Oliver Hooper, has been charged with first-degree sex abuse – a felony charge. Co-chair of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign in Alabama, the 67-year-old Hooper was taken into custody on Tuesday morning by U.S. Marshalls and booked into the Montgomery County Detention Facility.
As confirmed by Montgomery Police captain Saba Coleman, The Birmingham News reported:
“Details of the allegations against Hooper have not been disclosed and records on the case are not yet listed in Alabama’s online court system. Coleman said the alleged incident happened about 8 pm. August 16, 2022, in the 100 block of Commerce Street.”
Son of former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Perry Hooper Sr., the former state House representative served as Trump Victory Chairman and on former President Trump’s national finance committee.
Penning a 2019 op-ed in the Montgomery Advertiser that praised the ex-President’s “policies,” Hooper sought to dispel claims that Trump supporters are “racist.”
“The Mueller report exonerated the president. The American economy is in great shape. Unemployment remains incredibly low, historically low for African Americans and Latinos. Trump is the first president in decades to stand up to China. There is relative peace in the Mideast. And despite clear hurdles, Republicans have been taking proactive steps to fix the biggest problems in health care — consistently the No. 1 issue on the minds of many Americans. The president’s policies have made us prosperous and the economy more vibrant than it’s been in decades,” Hooper wrote.
Despite leaving the Alabama House in 2003, Hooper Jr. remained active in the Republican Party and served as a member of the State Republican Executive Committee. A statement released by the Alabama GOP says the party “strongly condemns all forms sexual abuse and sexual assault.”
“We are committed to personal rights and public safety. We will be monitoring this situation closely it makes its way through the judicial process.
Perry Oliver Hooper Jr. isn’t the first Alabama Republican to be accused of sexual misconduct.
Former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore was accused of sexual assault and engaging in “unwanted” or “inappropriate” behavior. Moore succeeded Hooper’s father as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court — before his resignation after being suspended for ignoring federal court rulings – and was endorsed by Trump in his Senate run.
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