Missouri Teen Sex Assault Case to Be Reopened

Posted 11 months ago

By Scott Carlson

Gavel(AP) — A Missouri case involving a 14-year-old girl who says she was raped by a 17-year-old acquaintance is being reopened.

Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice announced Wednesday that he’s asking a judge to appoint a special prosecutor. That person will investigate and decide if new charges should be filed.

Melinda Coleman, the mother of 14-year-old Daisy Coleman, claims justice was denied when Rice dropped felony charges in March 2012. That’s two months after she says her daughter was plied with alcohol, raped, then dumped on the family’s front porch in the northwest Missouri town of Maryville in sub-freezing temperatures.

Rice has faced intense scrutiny over his handling of the case.

He insists the investigation collapsed after the Colemans became uncooperative with investigators. Melinda Coleman denies that.