‘I take full responsibility’: Former Ala. lawmaker speaks following sex abuse charge dismissal

A Montgomery County judge has dismissed the sex abuse charge against former state Rep. Perry...
A Montgomery County judge has dismissed the sex abuse charge against former state Rep. Perry Hooper Jr.(Source: WSFA 12 News)
Published: Dec. 5, 2022 at 4:48 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 6, 2022 at 2:02 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A Montgomery County judge has dismissed the sex abuse charge against former state Rep. Perry Hooper Jr.

Circuit Judge J.R. Gaines granted the dismissal request by the county district attorney’s office Tuesday. In her motion, Chief Deputy District Attorney Azzie Taylor cited the victim’s public statement last week calling for the charge’s dismissal.

“The State of Alabama has concluded that without the victim’s testimony and cooperation, the evidence would be insufficient to attain a conviction. Based upon the lack of evidence due to the victim’s unwillingness to cooperate, the State of Alabama moves to nolle pross this matter,” Taylor’s motion said.

The motion to dismiss was filed Monday, two weeks after the former Republican state representative was indicted on a first-degree sexual abuse charge.

In her public call to avoid prosecution, Elizabeth Daly said the “turmoil of a trial would provide no more justice than getting a sincere public apology from Mr. Hooper.”

WSFA 12 News has previously withheld Daly’s name. We are now identifying her after she went public with her statement.

Hooper, 68, also identified her in a statement following the dismissal.

“I would like to express my sincerest apologies to Elizabeth Daly. On August 16, 2022, Miss Daly was assisting my friend and me, as a hostess where we were dining. I was wrong and I take full responsibility for my actions. Miss Daly is an exemplary person and my behavior was unacceptable. I hope she will accept this apology for my regrettable conduct,” Hooper’s statement read.

Hooper served in the state Legislature from 1984 until 2003. He has remained a GOP political activist and was on the Alabama Republican State Executive Committee when he was arrested in August. He previously co-chaired the state’s 2016 campaign for former President Donald Trump.

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