Missouri Attorney General Denounces Local Handling of School Abuse Cases | Saint-Louis news headlines
STOCKTON, Missouri (AP) – The attorney general, in a letter to the governor, wrote that an attorney in southwest Missouri was ignoring his advice and was content with a Christian boarding school accused of abuse.
In Thursday’s letter, Attorney General Eric Schmitt asked Gov. Mike Parson to remove him from the case due to disagreements with local attorney, The Kansas City Star. reported.
Former students accused Agape boarding school of assault and other abuse, and several continued school. Agape officials did not respond to repeated requests from The Star for comment.
Schmitt wrote that he had recommended 65 charges against 22 current and former school staff. Cedar County District Attorney Ty Gaither said he plans to prosecute seven staff members with 14 counts.
“In deciding not to charge a number of other offenses, Mr. Gaither expressly rejected the assistance and expertise of the Attorney General’s office, and indicated that he did not intend to seek justice for all thirty-six children who were reportedly victimized by twenty-two Agape boarding school staff, ”Schmitt wrote.
Gauthier told The Star he was unaware of Schmitt’s request to be removed from the case, but is sure the attorney general’s office will be of “invaluable help”.
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