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Accused Maryville rapist avoids sexual assault charges, faces misdemeanor

The teenager who was accused or raping 14-year-old Daisy Coleman in Maryville, Missouri in 2012 will be charged with a misdemeanor instead of sexual assault, prosecutors said on Thursday. In a press conference, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced he had filed charges against 19-year-old Matthew Barnett for the…

Bullied teen girl in Maryville rape case hospitalized after apparent suicide attempt

Daisy Coleman, the teenage girl at the center of a controversial rape case, has been hospitalized after an alleged suicide attempt. Kansas City, Missouri’s Fox 4 News reported that Coleman attempted to end her life on Sunday, but was unsuccessful. Coleman was 14 in January of 2012, when the 17-year-old…

Accused teen rapist’s mom says son threatened: ‘He’s having some major issues’

The mother of an ex-football player accused of raping a teen in a case that’s attracted international attention said her son is being “assassinated.” Matthew Barnett, now 19, was charged in January 2012 in connection with the alleged rape of 14-year-old Daisy Coleman, but the prosecuting attorney later dropped felony…

Missouri officials call for grand jury in Maryville rape case

High-ranking government officials are calling for a new investigation into a sexual-assault case in northwest Missouri that’s drawn international attention. Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and Republican House Speaker Tim Jones have called on the state’s attorney general and Nordaway County’s prosecuting attorney to reopen the case of 14-year-old Daisy…

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