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A judge appointed a special prosecutor on Monday to investigate the alleged rape of a 14-year-old Missouri girl at a party that was recorded on a cell phone.

The case – in which a popular former high school football player in Maryville, Mo., is accused of sexually assaulting the girl in 2012 and then dumping her on her family’s front porch in sub-freezing temperatures – has attracted international attention after first being reported by the Kansas City Star and then publicized by the computer hacking group Anonymous.

Daisy Coleman says she was 14-year-old when a popular football player in her town raped her. That was two years and still her alleged assailant has not faced a judge. NBC’s Katy Tur reports on how an online uproar gave this case a second look.

According to the Star, felony and misdemeanor charges against the alleged attacker, the grandson of a longtime local political figure, and another youth who allegedly filmed the assault were filed, but later dropped.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker was named to investigate the case on Monday morning, NBC station KSHB in Kansas City reported.

At a brief news conference on Monday afternoon, Baker said she has already asked a special unit to be involved in the investigation of the sexual assault claims in the small northwest Missouri town.

“I know this case has raised a variety of concerns. So please know this: This case will be thoroughly reviewed. Our review will be without fear and without fair,” Baker said. “I can also assure you that politics, connections will not play a role in our review in this case.”

Baker asked the throng of reporters assembled for patience and said she would not be commenting further on the case until the review was completed.

Nodaway County Prosecutor Bob Rice initially filed felony charges against the suspected rapist and the boy who allegedly recorded it — both 17 at the time of alleged sexual assault — but later dropped them, saying the girl, her mother and other witnesses were not cooperating.

However, the girl, Daisy Coleman, and her mother, Melinda Coleman, have denied the prosecutor’s assertions that they weren’t cooperative and pressed for the case to be reopened.

Last week, Daisy Coleman said she was “more than excited” when Rice said he’d ask a judge to appoint a special prosecutor.

Melinda Coleman said her family was forced to leave Mayville after harassment over the allegations.

The case has drawn comparisons to one in Steubenville, Ohio, where two 17-year-old high school football players were convicted of raping a West Virginia girl after an alcohol-fueled party in 2012. The case was furiously debated online and led to allegations of a cover-up to protect the city’s celebrated football team.

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  • Tuh…perfect example of class warfare!!!!! let me guess he is from a ”GOOD” family and she is NOT…if people cannot see the similarities in these type incidents and incidents involving different races…shame on you!!!! i am sure she has been labelled as trash and loose…smh ALL white girls are neither…just as All black boys are not thugs…it’s time we the middle united and realized the battle is based on color true enough, but it is not black and white it is that almighty GREEN!!!

  • Tori

    The rape was not alleged, it happened. There was physical evidence both from a rape kit and the video, which was passed around her school. The only reason her rapist was let off is because he is from a powerful family, who most likely paid someone off to get the case dismissed.

    Daisy actually wrote about her attack on XoJane & I highly recommend everyone read it. What happened to her and her friend is completely vile & I am sickened by how it’s been dealt with.

    We are still living in a world where rapists are protected if they do not “fit” the stereotype of who can be a rapist.

  • MimiLuvs

    @Tori

    “..We are still living in a world where rapists are protected if they do not “fit” the stereotype of who can be a rapist.”

    Back when I did do volunteer work for a nonprofit, social group that helped victims of sexual assault, I had heard testimonies in which these women (and men) weren’t the “relatable victim”. Some of these survivors were prisoners (at the times of their rapes), they were teenagers who were considered “at-risk” (at the times of their rapes), they were sex workers (at the times of their rapes), some of these victims were men (at the time of their rapes), some of these people were under the influence of a drug/a liquor (at the times of their rapes), some women were raped by their spouses/the fathers of their children, some of these women were raped by “men of the cloth” and other types of “honest, good men”.
    There isn’t such a thing as a “perfect victim”.
    In fact, here in NYC, a woman (a school teacher who was on her way to work… her first teaching gig) was stopped by an intoxicated, off-duty police officer, some time around dawn. He ended up raping her. There was witnesses. In the end, the cop wasn’t even convicted of rape. I believed that he was convicted of another type of sex crime.

  • May justice be served. God speed.