The alleged rapes of two girls in Maryville, Mo., has angered the country after charges were dropped against 17-year-old Matthew Barnett and the victim’s family was harassed and threatened by residents to leave town.
Daisy Coleman, 14, passed out from consumption of too much alcohol given to her at a party in January 2012.
According to reports, she was videotaped being raped by the boy while she blacked out. Paige Parkhurst, 13, was the second alleged victim.
Coleman’s mother found her the next morning on their lawn, where she was dropped off scantily awake, in freezing weather.
Coleman’s mother was laid off from her job a few months after the charges; her employer citing the case as the reason for being fired.
When the family left town, they found out that their house was burned down under mysterious circumstances. The Kansas City Star reported full details of the case Saturday.
The hacker and activist group Anonymous posted a video on Monday likening Maryville to Steubenville, Ohio, where high school football players raped a 16-year-old girl.
"If Maryville won’t defend these young girls, if the police are too cowardly or corrupt to do their jobs, if justice system has abandoned them, then someone else will have to stand for them,” the group said in a tweeted statement. “Mayor Jim Fall, your hands are dirty. Maryville, expect us."
Unless Nodaway County prosecutor, Robert Rice, needs assistance or recused himself, a motion to reopen the case is up to Rice, not state officials, a Missouri attorney general's office spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times in a statement.
"While we appreciate the concerns of those who have sent petitions to our office, the attorney general's office does not have the authority under the laws of the state of Missouri to review a prosecutor's discretionary decisions in particular cases," said spokeswoman Nanci Gonder in an email Monday. "Charging decisions in criminal cases are exclusively within the discretion of elected county prosecutors in Missouri."