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Maryville Rape Case
11:47 am
Thu January 9, 2014

No Sexual Assault Charges In Maryville Rape Case

Daisy Coleman, now 16, in front of her many awards and trophies for cheerleading, dance and beauty pageants. (Peggy Lowe/KCUR)

A 19-year-0ld Maryville man pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor count of child endangerment, dodging a rape charge and offering an apology in a case that attracted small-town acrimony and international attention.

Matthew Barnett, who appeared at the Nodaway County Courthouse with his parents, got a four month suspended sentence, two years probation, and was ordered to make $1,800 in restitution to his victim, Daisy Coleman, now 16.

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Maryville Rape Case
5:06 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Going Public in the Maryville Rape Case To Spur Action

Paige Parkhurst, 15, seen here at her Albany, Mo., home, went public as a rape victim because she hoped it would spur authorities to look more seriously at the Maryville case. (Peggy Lowe/KCUR)

On a quiet Sunday morning last fall, Paige Parkhurst remembers being awakened by her mother, who was crying.

A newspaper story about the night two years ago that Paige was assaulted and her friend Daisy Coleman was allegedly raped was going viral. She and her mother, Robin Bourland, talked about how they had already been through so much. The minor boy who admitted to having sex with Parkhurst had been convicted and sentenced through the juvenile justice system.

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Maryville Rape Case
2:03 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Maryville Rape Decision Set for Thursday

A decision will be announced Thursday at the Nodaway County Courthouse in Maryville, Mo., on a controversial rape case.
Credit Peggy Lowe / KCUR

A highly-anticipated decision is expected Thursday on a controversial rape case in Maryville, Mo.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Wednesday, two years to the day of the alleged assault, that she will announce the findings of her investigation in Maryville at 1:30 p.m.

Baker has not made any indication what her decision might be. She could refile charges against two boys that were dropped earlier, refuse to file any charges, or choose other legal claims.

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Cops & Crime
6:30 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Daisy Coleman Supporters Hold Peaceful Rally In Maryville

The activist hacker group Anonymous helped draw attention and protest to how the alleged rape case in Maryville was handled by local law enforcement.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Civility was the order of the evening in Maryville, Mo., Tuesday evening at an organized event in support of alleged rape victim, Daisy Coleman. Some in the town had feared an invasion of outsiders protesting the handling of the case. 

Highway troopers and police seemed to be on every corner of downtown Maryville, but they had little to do.

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Cops & Crime
1:14 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

KC Democrat Named To Reinvestigate Maryville Rape Case

Jean Peters Baker, Jackson County prosecutor, was named Monday to launch another investigation into a controversial rape case in Maryville, Mo.

Jean Peters Baker, the Jackson County prosecutor, was named Monday to launch a second investigation into a controversial rape case in Maryville, Mo.

Baker, a Democrat and former state legislator from Kansas City, Mo., was chosen for the high-profile job after online outrage focused on the case of Daisy Coleman, a then-14-year-old Maryville girl who says she was raped by a 17-year-old boy in January 2012.

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Cops & Crime
8:36 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Court Asked To Appoint Special Prosecutor In Maryville Sexual Assault Case

A Missouri prosecutor who dropped charges in an alleged sexual assault case involving a 14-year-old girl in Maryville, Mo. says he's asking a court to appoint a special prosecutor to look at the case.

Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice said in light of the attention the case has generated this week he was asking for a special prosecutor in order to uphold the public confidence in the justice system. But he also continued to insist that the charges were dropped because the Coleman family stopped cooperating and chose not to be deposed.

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Maryville Rape Case
7:39 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Maryville Rape Prosecutor Contradicts Earlier Statement

Credit Peggy Lowe / KCUR

A Missouri county prosecutor under fire for dropping charges in a controversial rape case is blaming the failure on the victims’ refusal to testify, contradicting an earlier statement.

Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice issued a press release Tuesday, defending his actions on insufficient evidence because “the state's witnesses refused to cooperate and invoked their Fifth Amendment privilege to not testify.”

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Crime
10:30 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Rape Case Outrage Focuses On Maryville

Daisy Coleman poses in her bedroom next to her dresser adorned with trophies and ribbons won in beauty pageants, dance and sports.
Credit Peggy Lowe/KCUR

Online outrage is focusing on a central Missouri town and its top law enforcement officers after news of the alleged rape of two teenage girls garnered national attention.

As first reported by KCUR, a 17-year-old football player, Matthew Barnett, was charged with raping Daisy Coleman, 14, after a drunken night at the Barnett home in January 2012. Another boy, Jordan Zech, then 17, was also charged in the case, accused of videotaping Barnett and Coleman on his iPhone.

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Up to Date
10:43 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Looking At The Maryville Rape Case

(From right) Melinda Coleman and two of her children, Daisy, 16, and Tristin, 14, in their home in Auburn, Mo.
Credit Peggy Lowe / KCUR

Cases involving teen sexual assault have been on the national radar lately, and one town in the Kansas City area is under that microscope. 

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Crime
8:28 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Sexual Assault In Maryville: A Timeline

Daisy Coleman, 16, adjusts a handwritten note on her bedroom mirror. On the dresser are the many trophies and crowns she has won in local beauty pageants.
Credit Peggy Lowe / KCUR

Read our full investigative report on this story here.

January 8, 2012

1 a.m. — Daisy Coleman, 14, and a 13-year-old girlfriend sneak out of the Coleman’s home after texting with Matthew Barnett, 17. They go through a basement window at the Barnett home and begin drinking out of what is referred to as the “bitch cup.” Including Barnett, present were Nick Groumoutis, Cole Forney, Jordan Zech and a minor boy.

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Crime
6:26 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Why Was The Maryville Rape Case Dropped?

Daisy Coleman, 16, in the family’s weight room. Behind her is her younger brother, Tristin, 14. Her late father was a champion bodybuilder.
Credit Peggy Lowe / KCUR

  

The first thing Daisy Coleman remembers is her surprise that she was still alive.

“I was just like, I thought I was dead at first,” she said.

An incoherent Coleman, then 14, crawled to the front door of her family’s home in Maryville, Mo. It was a Sunday morning, Jan. 8, 2012, 5 a.m. Her younger brother, Tristin, and mother, Melinda, heard a thumping and at first thought it was their dogs trying to come in.

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