Cora Faith Walker, who is a representative of the 74th district, reported to police that she was raped by 77th representative Steven Roberts Jr.
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Updated: Saturday, October 1, 2016, 3:34 PM
A Ferguson attorney running unopposed for a seat in Missouri’s state house has accused another candidate of raping her earlier this year and is asking legislature leaders to keep him out of office.
Cora Faith Walker, 31, penned a shocking letter to state house officials revealing that she had filed a police report against Steven Roberts, Jr., a former assistant prosecutor.
“My name is Cora Faith Walker. I will be in the Capitol in January as the Representative of the 74th District. Earlier this week, I reported a sexual assault to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. I named my rapist as Steven Roberts, Jr., who hopes to be in the Capitol in January as the Representative of the 77th District,” read the letter obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, who first reported the story.
Roberts, the son of a local developer and St. Louis alderman, has been accused in the past of sexual misconduct. He was arrested for second-degree sodomy last year for an incident at a bar involving a female college student, according to local reports. While he wasn’t prosecuted, he was later fired from his job as assistant prosecutor in October 2015.
Walker, who has chosen to identify herself as a rape victim, sent the letter Friday to State Speaker of the House Todd Richardson, Minority Floor Leader Jake Hummel and assistant minority floor leader Gail McCann-Beatty.
Richardson said in a statement that the allegations are “extremely serious and disturbing.”
“The kind of conduct alleged cannot be tolerated in our state and will not be tolerated in the House of Representatives,” Richardson said. He noted that while the House has no jurisdiction because Roberts is not yet a legislator, “we will monitor the criminal investigation closely and continue to have a zero tolerance policy for sexual assault, misconduct and harassment.”
Roberts, too, is running unopposed in November and is assumed to take office next year. Walker said that she hopes Roberts will be kept out of the state house until “this investigation is complete.”
She said the alleged sexual assault happened on either the night of Aug. 26 or the morning of Aug.27 inside a St. Louis apartment.
The two had met at his place to talk about how they might collaborate as colleagues in the state house, she told the Post-Dispatch in an interview at her husband’s parents house. After drinking two glasses of wine, Walker said she lost all memory of the night until she woke up in a bed in the apartment the following morning.
Steven Roberts, Jr. is a former prosecuting attorney who’s been accused of sexual misconduct in the past. –
“I had no recollection of why I was still there,” she told the Post-Dispatch.
She told her husband about the alleged attack the following morning, but it took weeks of discussing it with her family until she made the decision to report it to police, she says.
Tim Walker, her husband, told the Post-Dispatch he was “proud that she’s here now, being able to speak up about it.”
Police sources confirmed to the Post-Dispatch that they were investigating the accusations against Roberts, who is a former assistant prosecuting attorney.
Scott Rosenblum, Roberts’ attorney, said the allegations “unfounded.”
“I think that we will be able to basically undermine those allegations pretty quickly,” Rosenblum said. “Whatever happened between these individuals was absolutely consensual and I think we have what I would call objective evidence to support that.” He declined to elaborate.
Walker said she decided to come forward in the hopes that Richardson, the speaker of the House, will take measures to prevent another sexual assault.
“I want him to do everything in his power to prevent this from happening to someone else,” she said. “Whatever that is.”
With News Wire Services