The edits to the page for state Sen. Steven Roberts came from an IP address in the Missouri Capitol.
SOMEWHERE IN THE Missouri Office of Administration building, someone has been scrubbing a state senator’s Wikipedia page. Democrat Steven Roberts, who represents Missouri’s 5th Senate District, is a member of the Missouri Air National Guard, a commissioned U.S. Air Force officer, and the youngest Black state senator in state history. He has also been accused by at least two women of sexual assault. But if you looked at his Wikipedia page during February, you might not know that. An unidentified editor, logging on from an IP address located in the Office of Administration building, repeatedly stripped the allegations from Roberts’s page.
Roberts — who has reportedly been mulling a primary challenge against Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo. — was first elected to the state House of Representatives in November 2016. That September, Cora Faith Walker, another Democratic candidate for state House, wrote a letter to Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson in which she accused Roberts of raping her. She told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the pair had met for drinks at a St. Louis apartment several weeks after winning their respective primary elections, and Walker woke up there the next morning, remembering nothing after her second glass of wine. In the letter to Richardson, Walker said she had reported the incident to the police. After an investigation based on Walker’s police report, a special prosecutor declined to charge Roberts, saying “there simply wasn’t enough credible evidence that sexual relations between these two people were anything but consensual.”