A Nodaway County circuit court clerk confirmed Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker has been chosen as a special prosecutor in the case.
The decision follows a national outcry for action in the case involving Daisy Coleman. Coleman was 14 when she said she was raped by a 17-year-old at a party. He and another teen were charged in the case, but those charges were later dropped.
Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice has said the charges were dropped after the Coleman family chose not to testify in the case. The Colemans have denied that claim.
Rice announced the decision to appoint a special prosecutor to review the handling of the case during a news conference last week.