MO Official Seeks New Probe of Sex Assault Case Involving Teen Athletes


Missouri’s lieutenant governor called for new investigations in a sexual-assault case that has embroiled Maryville, Mo., and gained international attention, reports the Kansas City Star. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder called for Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster and Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rice to reopen the case of 14-year-old Daisy Coleman and a 13-year-old friend, who were allegedly sexually abused by two Maryville High School football players, both 17. A report by the Star on Sunday has pinged around the Internet and media outlets for three days, prompting new attention on the case. Rice last year dropped felony charges against the two athletes. Rice said yesterday, “There was insufficient evidence to prove a criminal charge beyond a reasonable doubt. The state's witnesses refused to cooperate and invoked their Fifth Amendment privilege to not testify.” The mother of the 13-year-old girl told CNN she and her daughter were never asked to give a deposition or any other testimony before Rice dropped the charges. In the 2012 incident, Daisy Coleman and her friend consumed alcohol and went to a football player’s home. Within hours Daisy was left on her front lawn, partly clothed and nearly unconscious, in freezing weather.

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