Daisy Coleman rape case needs grand jury investigation, lieutenant governor says

Daisy Coleman says she was raped at the age of 14 by a classmate. Rape charges were dropped against the suspect. Photo: Coleman family/CNN

(WJLA) - The lieutenant governor of Missouri is calling for a grand jury investigation into the alleged rape of a then 14-year-old girl that sent shockwaves through the area, CNN reports.

Daisy Coleman was a freshman at Maryville High School near Kansas City in 2012 when she alleges that a senior and prominent member of the school's football team raped her at a house party.

Coleman says that she and a friend had been drinking alcohol when they snuck out of their home and went to the house of the suspect, Matthew Barnett, where she was given more to drink.

At some point on that night in January of 2012, Daisy says that she was sexually assaulted by Barnett while someone else shot video.

Barnett and others were arrested and charged in connection with the assault, but two months later, those charges were dropped. The Kansas City Star reports allegations that members of Barnett's family, who are prominent in Missouri politics, called in favors to get the charges excused.

Lawyers for Barnett say that the alleged victims refused to cooperate with the investigation, which led to the case being dismissed. Daisy's mother told CNN that reports of her daughter's non-cooperation with authorities is a fallacy.

On Tuesday, Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said that it was time a grand jury took up the case.

"The appalling facts in the public record shock the conscience and cry out that responsible authorities must take another look," Kinder told CNN.