Maryville sexual assault allegations prosecuted only through judge, Mo. AG intervention

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Unless a judge steps in or the Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney asks the Missouri Attorney General for help, it looks like Daisy Coleman will not see her rape allegations prosecuted.

Those wishing for the the suspects to be prosecuted showed their support on social media, including Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder.

On Tuesday, Kinder issued a statement calling on the state's attorney general and Nodaway County prosecutor to revisit the case.

"I hope that responsible officials will join me in this call for a grand jury to make the final call on whether criminal charges should or should not be filed," Kinder said in the statement.

Daisy Coleman told Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rice back in early 2012 she had been raped by a 17-year-old football player who had a politically-connected family.

The felony and misdemeanor charges were eventually dropped.

Coleman and her mother, Melinda, said it was because the accused teenaged boy's grandfather was formerly in law enforcement and spent several terms in the Missouri legislature.

"I hope people see through the small town stuff. I hope they see the story for what it is and not just opinions," Daisy Coleman said on Monday.

Coleman said she and her family had repeatedly been threatened since she went to the prosecuting attorney.

But Rice said Tuesday Daisy refused to say anything more beyond her complaint. He said the case never moved forward because "there was insufficient evidence to prove a criminal charge beyond a reasonable doubt."

The accused teen's attorney also said the accusers and family members "refused to answer any questions citing their Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate themselves."

But Daisy and her mother insist there was overwhelming evidence, including confessions from the accused, a rumored videotape and medical evidence, that could be used to move ahead with justice.

"I think Daisy has been inspirational to girls her age, and even to women my age, who say it happened to them and they never did anything about it," Daisy's mother said.

Sheriff Darren White said Tuesday he was frustrated because he felt like there was overwhelming evidence to secure a conviction had Daisy been willing to give the prosecutor statements.  

Now the case is closed and documents are sealed and according to Sheriff White said, it looks like Daisy's case is closed for good.

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