Jackson County prosecutor vows fairness in sex assault review

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker says neither politics nor personal connections will play any role in her review of a northwest Missouri teen sexual assault case that has gained worldwide attention.

A Nodaway County judge on Monday appointed Baker to serve as a special prosecutor in the case of a former Maryville resident who says she was 14 in January 2012 when a 17-year-old boy gave her alcohol and had sex with her.

Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice initially charged that boy with sexual assault and a second 17-year-old with sexual exploitation of a minor, but he later dropped the felony charges and said the victim had quit cooperating.

Baker eventually will decide whether there's enough evidence to re-file charges in the case.

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