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A Missouri man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old schoolmate when he was 17 has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor child endangerment charge as part of a deal with prosecutors.

19-year-old Matt Barnett entered the plea today during a court hearing in his hometown of Maryville. He was sentenced to two years of probation and a four-month suspended jail term.

Special prosecutor Jean Peters Baker has been re-examining the girl's allegations that Barnett raped her at a January 2012 house party. Barnett says the sex was consensual.

On a quiet Sunday morning last fall, Paige Parkhurst remembers being awakened by her mother, who was crying.

Special prosecutor to look at Maryville sex assault case

Oct 18, 2013

A Missouri prosecutor who dropped charges in a sex assault case involving a 14-year-old girl says he's asking a court to appoint a special prosecutor to look at the case.

Online outrage is focusing on a central Missouri town and its top law enforcement officers after news of the alleged rape of two teenage girls garnered national attention.