Roy Moore’s son arrested, charged in Etowah County

ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. - Caleb Moore was arrested in Etowah County on Monday morning, and released just minutes later on a $1,000 bond. Caleb is the son of Roy Moore, Alabama's republican candidate for U.S. Senate.

Moore was charged with third degree criminal trespass. Our news partners at AL.com say he turned himself in on the charge related to Moore's November 2016 arrest. At that time, he was accused of hunting without permission and hunting over bait.

Caleb's father, Roy Moore, will face Democrat Doug Jones in the December 12th Special Election for the U.S. Senate seat

Last November Moore was charged with attempting to hunt deer with bait – allegedly setting up near a deer feeding trough -- and hunting deer without permission of the land owner, Ernest Payne,  a 72 year old Etowah County school board member.

Payne filed the warrants against Moore.

Moore responded by filing a warrant in January alleging menacing by Payne – claiming Payne pointed a rifle at him around the time of the deer-bait incident.

Both cases have been assigned to a special prosecutor.

Caleb Moore was charged Monday on a trespassing violation. The Etowah County Sheriff’s office says it stems from the hunting dispute, but there are no details in the court record at this point.

Moore's campaign chairman Bill Armistead issued a statement on the arrest Tuesday.

"This is a personal matter involving an alleged hunting violation by Judge Moore's son Caleb over eleven months ago which has nothing to do with the campaign," Armistead said.  "This is a cheap political trick to detract from the real issues facing our Country."

Moore's opponent Doug Jones, declined to comment on the arrest.

This is reportedly the ninth time Moore has been arrested. He was arrested on drug charges in 2015, but the charges were dropped when he agreed to enter a pre-trial diversion program. He has also faced charges of driving under the influence in both Alabama and Florida, and three drug-related arrests in Baldwin, Pike and St. Clair counties in Alabama.

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