Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and House Speaker Tim Jones have urged new investigations in a sexual-assault case that has embroiled the town of Maryville, Mo., and gained international attention. The prosecutor who dropped charges in the case has reiterated that the victim’s family was uncooperative and evidence was lacking, statements that the family refutes.
Read reaction from across the Internet to the story of the alleged sexual assault of then-14-year-old Daisy Coleman in Maryville, Mo.
The recordings seem to confirm her claims that she cooperated with authorities through the time when the prosecutor dropped felony charges against a teen who had been accused of sexual assault.
Melinda Coleman on Thursday provided five excerpts from what she said was a secret recording of a May 2012 conversation with Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert L. Rice. Here is a partial transcript. The first excerpt, which was merely a preliminary conversation with a secretary or assistant, is not included.
The mother of a teenage Albany, Mo., girl said Monday she hoped the fresh attention given a dismissed Maryville, Mo., sexual abuse case would prompt local authorities to take another look at it. The Coleman family appeared on CNN to repeat that they believe justice was not served in the 2012 sexual abuse case.
Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice said Wednesday that hes asked a judge to appoint a special prosecutor who can determine whether any charges will be filed in connection with an alleged sexual assault in the county in 2012. Rice made the statement Wednesday afternoon in Maryville, Mo., at a heavily attended news conference.
In this close-knit town of 12,000 some 90 minutes north of Kansas City, there were few who werent already painfully aware of the murky particulars of a case that had divided the city. Residents say that not only do they once again feel whipsawed by claims and counterclaims but also by another emotion: Fear.
Many young girls first sexual experiences happen only because they drink enough liquor to participate. Sometimes they do so willingly. Sometimes its under duress or by outright violence. Daisy Colemans story ought to alarm us regardless of what might happen in court.
Associate Judge Glen Dietrich has chosen Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker as the special prosecutor in the case of an alleged sexual assault in 2012 in Maryville, Mo. Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice asked Dietrich to appoint a special prosecutor last Wednesday, after a story on the case in The Kansas City Star prompted an international outcry.
If Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker investigates the Maryville, Mo., sexual assault case and no charges are filed, that will be because it was too weak to prosecute. But if she does move ahead eventually, she will make sure justice is done.
Embattled Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney Robert L. Rice on Wednesday announced that he had cleared the way for the possibility of new charges being filed in a sexual assault case that has received international attention.
The mother of a teenage Albany, Mo., girl said Monday she hoped the fresh attention given a dismissed Maryville, Mo., sexual abuse case would prompt local authorities to take another look at it. "I'd like to see some justice, " said Melinda Coleman in an interview on CNN.