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Nightmare in Maryville: Teens’ sexual encounter ignites a firestorm against family

Daisy Coleman, new to town and a cheerleader, was 14. Matthew Barnett, a 17-year-old football player and the grandson of a longtime politician, was 17. The evidence pointed overwhelmingly toward rape, the Kansas City Star reports. There was even a video. Yet, two months later, the Nodaway County prosecutor dropped the felony cases against the youths, one the grandson of a longtime area political figure. Then the people of Maryville, Missouri, set about running the Colemans out of town.

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