ST. LOUIS (AP/KMOX) – (UPDATED 12:36 p.m.) Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson sent this written statement to KMOX on Saturday, regarding the letter sent to him by Cora Faith Walker:
“Last evening, I received a letter from future colleague Cora Faith Walker containing extremely serious and disturbing allegations against another potential future House member, Steven Roberts, about an incident last month in St. Louis. The kind of conduct alleged cannot be tolerated in our state and will not be tolerated in the House of Representatives. While the House has no jurisdiction over non-members, we will monitor the criminal investigation closely and continue to have a zero tolerance policy for sexual assault, misconduct and harassment.”
Earlier AP story:
A woman running for a seat in the Missouri Legislature has accused a fellow Democratic candidate of raping her.
Cora Faith Walker told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the attack happened the night of Aug. 26 or early the next morning when she went to meet Steven Roberts Jr. at a St. Louis apartment to discuss how they might work together in the upcoming legislative session. Both are running unopposed.
Walker, a Ferguson lawyer, says she had two glasses of wine and remembers nothing after the second glass, and that she woke up in a bed there the next morning.
She says she told her husband what had happened the next day, but it was several weeks before they went to the police.
Walker asked the Post-Dispatch to use her name in the story.
The Post-Dispatch reports that “two highly placed law enforcement sources” confirmed that there is an active investigation into Walker’s allegations against Roberts. It didn’t name the sources.
Roberts has not been arrested or charged. His attorney, Scott Rosenblum, told The Associated Press on Saturday that the allegations are unfounded and “whatever happened” was consensual.
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