Special Prosecutor Appointed to Reopen Rape Case

Missouri teen claims she was sexually assaulted by a football star, but the charges were dropped.
2:30 | 10/22/13

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Now, to the case in missouri that's drawn international attention. A teenage girl claims she was sexually assaulted last year by a former high school football star. Charges were dropped, she says, because he's from a prominent family. Outrage nationwide led to a judge to appoint a special prosecutor to reopen the case on monday. Abc's linzie janis has the story for us. Reporter: This morning, it's the case of daisy coleman garners national attention. We're hearing from the special prosecutor now assigned to find answers. Our review of this case will be without fear and without Reporter: Jean peters baker is now at the helm of the reopened case, which has been rocking the small town of maryville, missouri, since january of last year. That's when coleman, just 14 years old at the time, says she was sexually assaulted by matthew barnett, a popular football player at the high school. He gave me a glass of clear liquid. Reporter: Barnett claims the sex was consensual. And two years after the alleged assault, the charges against him were dropped. Authorities claim there was enough evidence that daisy and her mother were cooperating. They refused to help in their case in any way. Reporter: But the colemans say that's not true. We cooperated completely. Reporter: They believe barnett was given special treatment because of his family's prominence in the town. A local newspaper article would add fuel to that fire. Causing the county prosecutor to go on the defensive. My name was dragged through the mud in that article. And I don't appreciate it. Reporter: After reporting the alleged assault, daisy said she was bullied so badly, her family had to move out of town. I felt like I was weak, worn down. Like I wasn't worth anything. Reporter: This morning, daisy's mother tells us she's very happy the case is being reopened. Barnett's attorneys had no comment. For "good morning america," linzie janis, abc news, new york. Dan was about to walk out of the studio. We pulled you back in. You said if a special prosecutor is involved -- in a case like this, where it's getting so much attention, nationwide, when they bring in a special prosecutor to effectively say, we're not happy with what's happened here. We want to bring someone else to take a new look at this. If I'm that possible defendant, I'm concerned. And the young woman, daisy, has been strong and consistent. You don't get anything extra.

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