Maryville sexual assault case launches online firestorm

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The case involving a Maryville girl who accused a classmate of sexual assault has spread world-wide, launching an online firestorm in reaction to the dropped charges against the accused 17-year-old football player.

The mother of the victim told 41 Action News she believes charges were dropped for political reasons after the boy had sex with her daughter, who was 14 years old at the time, at his home in 2012.

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As the story picked up international attention this week, the hacker group Anonymous launched an online effort to pressure Attorney General Chris Koster to launch an investigation into the dropped charges.

The group is using the hashtag #OpMaryville to create a "Twitterstorm" at 4 p.m. Tuesday, publicizing a protest at the Nodaway County courthouse on Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. #justice4daisy and #OpMaryville were trending in Kansas City Tuesday morning.

On Tuesday morning, the Nodaway County website was experiencing technical issues.  The Nodaway County Sheriff's office Facebook page was also down. It was not clear if this was due to actions by Anonymous or not.

The sheriff's office said they took down their website after receiving multiple hacking threats.

Users have also taken to the online review site Yelp to express their anger with a popular Maryville restaurant where one of the boys involved in the case was reportedly employed at one time.

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