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Missouri lawmaker physically, sexually abused his kids, House ethics panel says


SPRINGFIELD, Missouri — The Missouri House ethics committee formally accused a Kansas City-area lawmaker of abusing his kids and recommended his expulsion.

In a 12-page report released Monday, the half-Republican, half-Democratic panel said it had confirmed allegations that Rep. Rick Roeber, R-Lee’s Summit, sexually abused two of his young children in 1990 and physically and mentally abused all four.

The committee further said that their findings revealed Roeber as “unfit to serve as a representative in the Missouri General Assembly.”

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The panel lamented that Roeber’s ex-wife and the children had reported the abuse for decades ago to no avail, and made clear its desire to remedy that with lengthy excerpts from testimony it heard from Roeber’s children and notes on how he could be charged criminally.

Rick Roeber

“The State of Missouri has failed these children for over 20 years,” the report read. “Although this Committee cannot change the past, this Committee can provide a clear record of (Roeber’s) abuse conduct.”

The crux of the committee’s newly established record begins with testimony from Roeber’s eldest child, whom he adopted.

That child, who has been identified elsewhere but is referred to as Child 1 in the report, told the committee she was “groomed by (Roeber) from a very young age,” noting that when the two would ride in the car, he would have his hand on her upper thigh “just kind of rubbing it.”


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