4:13 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Maryville man accused of rape charged with misdemeanor

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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.

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8:24 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Going Public in the Maryville Rape Case To Spur Action

Paige Parkhurst, 15, seen here at her Albany, Mo., home, went public as a rape victim because she hoped it would spur authorities to look more seriously at the Maryville case. (Peggy Lowe/KCUR)

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 9:30 am

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

A newspaper story about the night two years ago that Paige was assaulted and her friend Daisy Coleman was allegedly raped was going viral. She and her mother, Robin Bourland, talked about how they had already been through so much. The minor boy who admitted to having sex with Parkhurst had been convicted and sentenced through the juvenile justice system.

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4:42 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Preventing sexual assault

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8:54 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Special prosecutor to look at Maryville sex assault case

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.

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4:05 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Schaefer calls on Koster to investigate Maryville case

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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.

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8:33 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Northwest Missouri State receives $1.25M donation

Northwest Missouri State University

Northwest Missouri State University has received a $1.25 million gift from an anonymous donor.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports ( ) university president John Jasinski announced the gift Wednesday. He says the money is for academic enhancements at the Maryville school and came from an anonymous donor who died recently.

A portion of the gift will also increase another endowment for scholarships for students during the 2014-15 academic year.