The results are in for Matt Barnett, the Missouri man who was accused of sexually assaulting 14-year-old, Daisy Coleman, when he was 17 in 2012.
Last October, I shared the story about the alleged assault in the article, Alleged Rape Case “Justice for Daisy” Makes National Headlines. This article outlines the case that became known as “Justice for Daisy”. Daisy Coleman, a fourteen-year-old freshman, had accused a 17-year-old senior football play of raping her in 2012.
The Night of the Alleged Rape
It started out as a night with two teenage girls, Daisy Coleman and a friend. The girls were drinking before getting picked up by a few teenage boys. The boys took the girls to one of their houses.
Daisy reported that she remembered being given a clear liquid. She stated that she didn’t remember much after arriving at the boy’s home and that she had blacked out. She did testify that she was taken into a bedroom and raped.
Another one of the boys recorded the incident on his cell phone.
Matt Barnett, the man who stood accused, reported that the sex was consensual.
The other female, who the Huffington Post reported as being 13-years-old at the time, was taken into a room where a 15-year-old boy forced her to have sex. The boy did admit to the accusations.
Justice for Daisy – National Headlines
The case made national headlines when the case was dropped after Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice said that Daisy and her mother stopped cooperating. The “Justice for Daisy” case even attracted an Internet hacking activist group called Anonymous.
Here is what Anonymous said about the case,
We demand an immediate investigation into the handling by local authorities of Daisy’s case,” Anonymous said. “We have heard Daisy’s story far too often. We heard it from Steubenville, Halifax and Uttar Pradesh. … 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 we will have to stand for them.”
No Rape Conviction for Matt Barnett
The case was assigned a new special prosecuting attorney named Jean Peters Baker who then re-examined the case. This week, Matt Barnet entered a plea deal. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor child endangerment charge. According to the Huffington Post,
Matt Barnett entered the plea Thursday during a court hearing in his hometown of Maryville. He was sentenced to two years of probation and a four-month suspended jail term.”
Is there Justice for Daisy?
Daisy Coleman is living a nightmare. After being harassed at a party over the weekend, Daisy attempted suicide Sunday evening by taking an overdose according to The Washington Post. She was taken to a Kansas City, Missouri children’s psychiatric hospital. It was reported that he mother stated, “It’s the third time she’s tried to kill herself.”