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Columbia psychologist faces sodomy charges in Boone and St. Louis Counties



Kurt Bumby, 50, from Columbia is charged with two counts of statutory sodomy in Boone County and two counts of sodomy in St. Louis County.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jessica Caldera confirmed Bumby is a psychologist Thursday.

According to court documents, one person claimed Bumby molested them from 1988 to 1994. The alleged victim from St. Louis County told authorities the abuse happened more than 20 times during that time.

That person also told authorities he was in fifth or sixth grade at the time.

According to court documents, a separate person from Boone County told authorities he had a relationship with Bumby when he was in middle school. He stated between the ages of 15 and 20 Bumby sodomized him.

He told authorities this occurred 15 to 20 times from 2008 to 2015.

The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers confirmed Thursday Bumby was a member of the association, but his membership was suspended by the board of directors.

According to a profile on the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers website, Bumby was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

Court documents also said Bumby was a student at the University of Missouri at the time he was abusing the first victim.

University spokesman Christian Basi said in a statement Bumby was not an employee at the university and "hasn’t been affiliated with the university for a few years at least."

On Friday Basi told ABC 17 News Bumby had an unpaid courtesy appointment with the university through 2012, which allows someone to use facilities like conference rooms.

Bumby was also an adjunct professor at the university in 1998. Basi said he was never a full-time employee and research was not involved in his time at the university.

A warrant out of St. Louis County said allegations target a particularly vulnerable class of victim. It also said Bumby may have used his knowledge of sex offenses to perpetrate sex offenses.

Attorney Joel Schwartz confirmed to ABC 17 News that he is representing Bumby in both cases Thursday.

Boone / Columbia / Education / News / Sexual / Top Stories / University of Missouri

Sydney Olsen

Sydney Olsen reports in the evenings during the week and on the weekend.



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