State Sen. Kurt Schaefer, who represents Boone and Cooper counties, suggests Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster could open an investigation into an alleged sexual assault in northwest Missouri.
Schaefer said Wednesday that an independent review of the evidence is needed after the Nodaway County prosecutor dropped charges against teenagers accused in a sexual assault of two younger girls.
Schaefer is a Republican running for attorney general in 2016. Koster is a Democrat who plans to run for governor in 2016.
Koster's office has said it cannot intervene unless a local prosecutor or court asks him to do so.
Schaefer cited a Missouri law allowing subpoenas for witnesses or information to be provided to the attorney general regarding sexual offenses. That law only applies when the venue of the crime is in question.