U.S. Special prosecutor sought for Mo. teen rape case

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Category: North America

Published on Thursday, 17 October 2013 12:16

Written by Michael Winter, USA TODAY

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A Missouri prosecutor who dropped charges against a prominent high school football player accused of raping a drunken 14-year-old cheerleader announced Wednesday that he has asked for a special prosecutor to review the case.

 

Amid public outcry following a Kansas City Star exposé, Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rice told a news conference that he decided to seek the special prosecutor after witnesses agreed to cooperate and because of attacks on the integrity of the local justice system.

 

“The public trust in our criminal justice system must be upheld at all times,” he said.

 

Rice dropped charges in March 2012, two months after Daisy Coleman claimed she was plied with alcohol and sexually assaulted by the 17-year-old grandson of former state representative Rex Barnett and later dumped in the snow for several hours outside her home in Maryville, Mo. The sexual encounter was recorded by one of three other boys who were present. A 15-year-old boy later admitted having non-consensual sex with Coleman’s 13-year-old friend and served time in juvenile detention.

 

Fueled by the Star’s seven-month investigation, activists launched a Twitter campaign on the girls’ behalf, and …

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