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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - Lindenwood University in suburban St. Louis has dismissed a student who falsely claimed that she had been sexually assaulted on campus.

 

University president Jim Evans says Lindenwood is a safe campus and has a zero tolerance policy for those who commit crimes like lying about an assault.

 

Joanna Newberry faces misdemeanor charges of making a false report.

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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - A De Soto man is facing multiple felony charges.

 

Police say that Kevin Ricar broke in to a woman's home and tried to have sex with her last Friday, March 14. The victim says she woke up around 11 PM on Friday and found the suspect in bed with her. She told police that she new Ricar through a mutual friend. Police found the man blocks away from the home.

 

Ricar is held in the Jefferson County Jail.

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — Police in St. Charles say a Lindenwood University student who reported being sexually attacked on campus has admitted fabricating the story.

The 21-year-old Des Peres woman is now charged with a misdemeanor count of making a false report.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the university sent an alert to more than 12,000 students after the woman went to police March 7th with her report. The woman told police she had been ambushed several nights earlier by a man hiding in library restroom stall. She said the man threatened her and tried to remove her leggings, but fled after she kicked him.

Police said the woman admitted during an interview this week that she made the story up, but did not explain why she did so.

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A female student says she was sexually assaulted in a library bathroom at Lindenwood University.

The St. Charles school sent email and emergency text message alerts to its students on Friday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police and campus security are investigating.

The woman told police she was attacked in a downstairs bathroom in Butler Library between 10 p.m. and midnight Tuesday. The student said her attacker was hiding in a stall and came at her from behind. She ran away after a brief struggle.

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A St. Charles man is in custody, connected to the sexual assault of a young relative.

 

Prosecutors have charged Jonathon Gregg with statutory sodomy and child molestation. Court documents say that between June and August of this year, Gregg targeted a nine-year-old girl.

 

He is held on $25,000 bail.

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An investigation underway in Franklin County after a St. Louis woman says she was raped by two armed men.

The woman told officers she was driving home to St. Louis from Cuba, when she became lost. When she pulled over to ask for directions, two men--one man armed with a knife, the other with a gun--approached her car. The men proceeded to sexually assault her.

The woman was treated for the assault at a hospital. Police have only a very vague description of the suspects. The woman was not able to tell authorities which direction the men drove off.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Supporters of a Missouri girl who says she was raped as a 14-year-old by an older schoolmate who wasn't prosecuted are applauding the selection of a Kansas City attorney who is tasked with re-examining the case.

Daisy Coleman's backers and lawyers who have worked with Jackson County prosecuting attorney Jean Peters Baker say her experience handling high-profile cases and as a victims advocate make her a good choice for special prosecutor in Daisy's case.

Baker says her review of the case will be fair and thorough. The Nodaway County prosecutor determined that there wasn't sufficient evidence to justify charges.

Daisy says an older boy got her drunk and sexually assaulted her in January 2012. He says the sex was consensual.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A prominent Kansas City defense attorney has been hired to represent a northwest Missouri man at the center of a teen sexual assault case that has gained worldwide attention because of the way it was handled.

J.R. Hobbs confirmed Thursday that he will assist the Maryville native who was 17 in January 2012 when a 14-year-old girl claimed he plied her with alcohol and sexually assaulted her.

Daisy Coleman says justice was not served when Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice dismissed felony charges against the boy and a second 17-year-old accused of recording the incident on his cellphone.

Jackson County prosecuting attorney Jean Peters Baker was appointed Monday as special prosecutor in the case and will decide whether evidence supports refiling of charges.

 

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A special prosecutor has been appointed to investigate allegations that a 14-year-old cheerleader was sexually assaulted by an older classmate who plied her with alcohol.

Daisy Coleman also alleges that a second 17-year-old boy recorded the January 2012 incident in Maryville using cellphone video.

Circuit court clerk Elaine Wilson says Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker has taken on the case.

Felony charges against both boys were dropped last year after Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice says Daisy and her family stopped cooperating with the investigation.

Melinda Coleman, Daisy's mother, says the family never stopped cooperating but looks forward to answering questions in a new review of the case.

 

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MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri prosecutor who dropped charges in a sex assault case involving a 14-year-old girl says he's asking a court to appoint a special prosecutor to look at the case.

   Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice announced the development Wednesday.

   The girl's mother, Melinda Coleman, says her daughter was plied with alcohol and raped by a 17-year-old acquaintance.

   Coleman says the family was forced to move from Maryville because of harassment they faced in the small town. She says that after the alleged attack last January, her daughter was dumped on her family's front porch in freezing cold temperatures.

   Two months after the incident, Rice dropped charges against the 17-year-old boy.

   Rice and the county sheriff have insisted the case collapsed when the Colemans became uncooperative with investigators. Coleman denies that.

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