Excerpt From The Kansas City Star. Read entire story HERE.
Few dispute the basic facts of what happened in the early morning hours of Jan. 8, 2012: A high school senior had sex with Coleman’s 14-year-old daughter, another boy did the same with her daughter’s 13-year-old friend, and a third student video-recorded one of the bedding scenes. Interviews and evidence initially supported the felony and misdemeanor charges that followed.
Yet, two months later, the Nodaway County prosecutor dropped the felony cases against the youths, one the grandson of a longtime area political figure.
Now the online hacktivist group Anonymous has become involved and are launching what they call “ops” in an effort to bring justice to Daisy and her family who have been run out of town and had their home burned down.
They are calling their “ops” #Justice4Daisy #OpMaryville.
Launching with this video released on You Tube
The video states:
We are #OpMaryville.
Two young girls have been raped in the town of Maryville, Missouri.
Another high school football star, the grandson of a Missouri state official, has walked free. The people of Maryville turned their backs on these victims and one family has been forced to flee the town. After they left, their house was burned to the ground.
On January 8, a 14-year-old girl named Daisy and her 13-year-old friend were both raped in Maryville. Evidence of this assault was captured on film. Daisy’s unconscious body was later dumped into her family’s yard, left alone for hours in freezing weather. One of Daisy’s attackers was initially in police custody, where he admitted to having sex with her while she was under the influence. He claimed it was consensual. The hospital states the young girl’s blood alcohol level was almost twice the legal limit and they discovered three tears inside of her body, 2-4 inches in length.
This suspect rapist is Matthew Barnett, a student at the University of Central Missouri. He’s the grandson of Missouri state Representative, Rex Barnett.
Most of all, We are wondering, how do the residents of Maryville sleep at night? If Maryville won’t defend these young girls, if the police are too cowardly or corrupt to do their jobs, if justice system has abandoned them, then someone else will have to stand for them. Mayor Jim Fall, your hands are dirty. Maryville, expect us.
On a personal note as one who wrote extensively about the Steubenville teen rape case and one who attended rallies in Steubenville, Ohio (no Im not a member of Anonymous) Ive seen the good and the bad side of this sort of thing and would urge that we all learn from what happened there.
While everyone wants justice for victims, it shouldn’t come at the price of targeting an entire town.