[caption id="attachment_72168" align="aligncenter" width="992"] Daisy and mother Melinda Coleman spoke to CNN's Erin Burnett, Oct. 15, 2013. CNN[/caption]Mother of Rape Victim Releases Tapes to Bolster Case
On January 8, 2012, 14-year-old Daisy Coleman and her 13-year-old friend were sexually assaulted by a 17-year-old boy from a prominent family in the town of Maryville, MO. Two months after the incident was reported, the youth was charged with three counts with the first two being felonies related to the sexual assaults and the third one a misdemeanor.
What happened in the aftermath indicates that the family used their prominence to get the Nodaway County prosecutor, Robert L. Rice, to drop the felony charges in May of 2012. Rice has since argued that the reason he dropped the charges had nothing to do with paying obeisance to the defendant's family, but was actually the fault of the victims recalcitrance at testifying. Rice says the victims invoked their fifth amendment right during deposition leaving him no case to build against the defendant. Rice ultimately dropped the misdemeanor charge as well.
However, Daily Coleman's mother Melinda, disputes the time frame. Her story was printed in the local newspaper "The Star" leading to a special prosecutor being named to examine the case. To further bolster her claims of prosecutorial abuse, Mrs. Coleman has released secret recordings of her conversation with the prosecutor which prove the willingness of her child to testify. It appears that Rice will have a lot of "splaining" to give to the special prosecutor.
Coleman said she worried that if the case was left as is, more girls might be assaulted.
“My concern was that some other girls came forward, and told me that the same thing happened to them with the same group of boys,” Coleman said. “When I had talked to the Sheriff initially, he said that there had been girls that had come forward and that there had been maybe even 10 other girls that had been assaulted. Later on he said that they were all liars.”
Alleged Mo. rape: Mom releases recordings