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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A former attorney for a Missouri boy accused in a sexual assault case involving a drunken 14-year-old girl says charges were dropped after the girl and her family refused to cooperate in the investigation.
The Maryville case is drawing new attention after The Kansas City Star published the results of a lengthy investigation on Sunday into what happened at a January 2012 party.
In a statement, attorney Robert Sundell says the girl and her mother refused to answer questions during a May 2012 deposition and later offered inconsistencies in another deposition.
Sundell said the boy cooperated with investigators and "freely admitted" to the sexual encounter. The attorney said while the boy's behavior might be reprehensible, it was not necessarily criminal.
The mother denies she and her daughter were uncooperative.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri attorney general's office says it has no power to reopen an investigation into allegations that two teenage girls were sexually assaulted by some boys at a party.
The case is drawing renewed attention after The Kansas City Star published the results of a seven-month investigation into the case in Maryville.
Melinda Coleman says justice was denied when Nodaway County authorities dropped charges in 2012 against the boys who her 14-year-old daughter claimed had sexually assaulted her and a 13-year-old friend.
County officials say the case against the boys fell apart because the Colemans would not cooperate. Coleman denies that.
A spokeswoman for Attorney General Chris Koster says Koster's office lacks the authority to review a local prosecutor's decisions in particular cases.
St. Charles police believe the man accused of drugging and raping a 13 year old girl and taking nude cell phone pictures of her, probably had more victims.
Forty-seven year old Thomas Wilburn is charged with statutory sodomy, statutory rape and enticement of a child under age 14.
St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar says Wilburn lured the girl to his apartment in May through a singles' telephone chat service that's supposed to be for adults only. Lohmar calls that disturbing. "It is very concerning that somebody who's underage could find their way, not only into the chat room, but to be able to participate in the chat room," Lohmar said.
Lohmar says this girl probably wasn't the only victim Wilburn met through the chat service. "We have reason to believe that there are other victims out there, for sure," he said.
Police say Wilburn was identified through court ordered phone records.
Wilburn is a registered sex offender with statutory rape convictions in 2007. He's currently jailed on $100,000 bond.
A north county man is facing 10 charges for allegedly sexually abusing a young girl.
Prosecutors say that over a two-year period starting in July of 2011, Derrick Lowery molested a 12-year-old girl. Lowery faces sodomy and child molestation charges. The St. Louis County Police Department fears there may be additional victims and are asking any to come forward.
Information can be called in to the police or CrimeStoppers at 866.371.TIPS (8477).
A Hazelwood man faces charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 14.
29 year-old Justin Markham was arrested July 8 for first-degree child molestation. Police say Markham touched the victim in an inappropriate manner between March 1, 2012 and April 31, 2012.
Markham remains at the St. Louis County Justice Center.