Special Prosecutor Will Probe Missouri Rape Case

The original prosecutor had dropped charges against the accused 17-year-old citing lack of cooperation from the alleged victim's family

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Melinda Coleman, mother of the alleged 14-year-old victim, listens to a question during an interview in her home in Albany, Missouri.

A Missouri prosecutor plans to ask a court to enlist a special prosecutor to examine the sexual assault case involving a 14-year-old girl  in Maryville, Mo.

Robert Rice, the Nodaway County prosecutor who dropped charges against the accused 17-year-old boy last March announced his plans at a news conference Wednesday, the Associated Press reports. Earlier Wednesday Missouri’s Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and the Speaker of the state’s House of Representatives called for new investigations into the rape case, Fox reports.

The 14-year-old-girl’s mother, Melinda Coleman, said the family was forced to move due to harassment following the incident last March. Just two months after the Coleman family filed a report, Rice dropped the charges against the teenager citing the family had been uncooperative and refused to answer questions.

The Coleman family has denied being difficult and said they plan to be cooperate with authorities.

[Associated Press]