"'Barefoot Rick' Roeber in Chigaco" by Yarkoski1012 / CC BY-SA 3.0

Missouri House candidate’s adult children say he physically and sexually abused them

Oct 1, 2020

By the Kansas City Star Editorial Board

Two adult children of Rick Roeber, a candidate for the 34th District House seat in Missouri, say he abused them when they were young.

Roeber has denied all allegations of abuse. But Anastasia Roeber of Lee’s Summit, Roeber’s adopted daughter, says he made improper sexual advances toward her in 1990, when she was 9 years old.

“He made me place my hand on his genitals,” Anastasia said of the 1990 incident in Roeber’s home. “I just froze.” Some time later, Roeber asked his daughter “if he could touch me,” she said.

A sibling, Samson Roeber of New York City, said he suffered physical abuse from Roeber as a child. He was not sexually molested, but “my father’s always been physically abusive,” he said. “He had a temper.”

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