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Maryville Teen Faces Endangerment Charge in Sexual Assault Case

A Maryville man now faces a misdemeanor charge in an alleged sexual assault that put Maryville in the national spotlight.
(MARYVILLE, Mo.) A Maryville man now faces a misdemeanor charge in an alleged sexual assault that put Maryville in the national spotlight.

Matthew Barnett, 20, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child Thursday in Nodaway County.

The charge was filed by Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker who was brought in to review the two-year old case in October.

Peters Baker is scheduled to speak with a Nodaway County judge later this afternoon before a press conference to address her review.

According to the probable cause statement, Daisy Coleman, the alleged victim, arrived at Barnett's home just before 1 a.m. on Jan. 8, 2012. Then, at aproximately 2 a.m., she was intoxicated and was carried to Barnett's vehicle and taken to her home. Barnett and another male juvenile are accused of leaving Coleman outside the home. According to the court document, she was not found until 5 a.m. The recorded temperature around the time she was left outside was 21 degrees.

Barnett is accused of creating a "substantial risk to the life" of Coleman by leaving her outside.

Barnett was charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child after the initial incident in January 2012.

Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice later dropped the charges.




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