Missouri GOP Rep To Resign After Accusations Of Sexual And Physical Abuse Of His Children

  • Missouri state lawmaker exiled from the House Republican caucus over accusations of sexually and physically abusing his children years ago.
  • Republican Rep. Rick Roeber, who represents the 34th District in the Missouri House of Representatives, will resign Friday. 
  • “To think that this man would have a say over laws that impact thousands of children is just too much,” according to the letter signed by three of his children.

Summer Ballentine from Associated Press writes:

“COLUMBIA, Mo. — A Missouri state lawmaker exiled from the House Republican caucus over accusations of sexually and physically abusing his children years ago on Tuesday said he will step down.

Republican Rep. Rick Roeber in his resignation letter said he will resign Friday. He represents the 34th District in the Missouri House of Representatives, which includes part of Lee’s Summit and Greenwood in Jackson County.

Roeber did not cite any of the allegations against him in his letter of resignation. He said he needs to move out of state to be closer to family and cited that as the reason for his departure from the Legislature.

Roeber’s adult children in a letter to House leadership last year wrote that he sexually and physically abused them when they were young.

After his election, Roeber’s children wrote a letter begging now-Speaker Rob Vescovo to prevent him from serving.

“To think that this man would have a say over laws that impact thousands of children is just too much,” according to the letter signed by three of his children. “A man like this does not deserve the high honor of serving in our government.”

House Republicans banned him from their caucus, and House leaders called for an investigation of the claims against him….”

See full story here.



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