Created on Friday, 18 October 2013 Written by MATT HAMMOND
The rape case involving two Steubenville High School football players brought a black eye to Southeast Ohio last year.
Now, the community of Maryville, Missouri, is dealing with the same type of ugly mess.
According to published reports, a Maryville High School football player was accused last year of raping a 14-year-old girl while a teammate videotaped part of the act.
The girl was left lying in her front yard, partially clothed after the incident.
A public outcry was created when Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice dropped sexual assault and sexual exploitation charges against the boys because of a stated lack of cooperation from those involved, including the victim.
The decision has created a firestorm in the town of 12,000 people. The Los Angeles Times reported this week that Missouri’s lieutenant governor and House speaker called for the attorney general to intervene.
As a result, the embattled Rice announced Wednesday that he has asked for a special prosecutor to re-examine the case.
I love high school football, but I always cringe when I read stories like this one. I hope for the victim that the true facts come out and justice prevails.
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