Special prosecutor appointed in Missouri teen rape case
Melinda Coleman and her daughter, Daisy, speak to CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront." They say a classmate of Daisy's raped her at his house in 2012. Charges were filed, then dropped, reportedly for lack of evidence.
(CNN) — A special prosecutor has been appointed in a controversial case of an alleged rape in Maryville, Missouri, a Missouri circuit court clerk said Monday.
A judge appointed Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker as special prosecutor in the case — days after a different prosecutor, who earlier dropped charges in the 2012 case, said he’d request the move — the clerk said.
The alleged victim, a teenage girl, says a teenage boy raped her when she was 14. The initial prosecutor in the case, Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert L. Rice, has said he dropped a sexual assault charge against the boy because the girl and her relatives refused to cooperate.
A charge against the boy’s friend who was accused of recording part of the incident on an iPhone was also discontinued.
But the case got new life this month after the Kansas City Star featured it and CNN interviewed the alleged victim, Daisy Coleman, and her mother.
After this month’s reports, Rice said last week that he’d ask a court to appoint a special prosecutor.
CNN does not typically identify alleged victims of sexual assault but has done so in this case because Daisy and her mother, Melinda Coleman, have chosen to go public.
By Cheri Mossburg, CNN
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