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Nodaway County Drops Sexual Assault Case Against Teens

Charges are dropped against two Maryville teens accused in a sexual assault case.
(MARYVILLE, Mo.) Charges are dropped against two Maryville teens accused in a sexual assault case.
 
The Nodaway County Prosecutor dismissed a felony sexual assault charge against Matthew Barnett, and a felony exploitation of a minor charge against Jordan Zech.
  
According to court documents, the two faced charges after a cell phone was allegedly used to make a video of a 14-year-old girl engaged in sexual acts with a 17-year-old boy back in January.
  
The prosecutor, Robert Rice says he did not believe he could prove the allegations against the teens beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

"We did have all the medical, and all the information where we could make a decision based on the evidence, and I am absolutely convinced it was the right call to do, and it was the right decision to dismiss it," he says.

Barnett still faces one charge however, a child endangerment charge for allegedly leaving a girl intoxicated in her yard in freezing weather.
  
The prosecutor is also charging him for an unrelated DWI.
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