• Petitioned Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster

Investigate Robert Rice, Sheriff Darrin White, and evidence used

    1. Amanda Amen
    2. Petition by

      Amanda Amen

      Saint Joseph, MO

17 year old Matthew Barnett was charged with sexual assault against a 14 year old girl, and 17 year old Jordan Zech was charged with felony sexual exploitation of a minor for allegedly filming the assault of the 14 year old, as well as another assault that occured at the same time where a 15 year old assaulted a 13 year old girl, the filming occured with a cell phone.

The assaults occured January 8, 2012. On March 13, 2012, felony charges against Barnett and Zech were dropped. Barnett now only faces a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment. (They gave the girls alcohol, and after the assaults, left them passed out in the front yard where the 14 year old girl lived. They were there all night in 30 degree weather.) Zech now faces no charges at all.

Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rice was interviewed by St. Joseph based TV station on March 14, 2012.

"We did have all the medical, and all the information where we could make a decision based on the evidence, and I am absolutely convinced it was the right call to do, and it was the right decision to dismiss it," he says.

However, the rape kits performed on both the girls haven't even come back yet for investigators to see. There was video evidence, also the 15 year old boy plead guilty, confession to his part of the assaults, as well as possibly details pertaining to what Barnett and Zech did.

Matthew Barnett is also in a very influential family in Maryville. His grandfather is Missouri represenative Rex Barnett, and Rex serves on at least one committee with Sheriff Darrin White.

These assaults occurred in the Barnett home, while family slept upstairs, yet the charges were dropped before the rape kits even came back. The girls have been taunted, and cyber-bullied all due to the influence of this one family. We want to know if their influence reached Rice and White as well. Please sign our petition, give these girls and their families some relief, justice, and closure.

Also, if you would, drop an email to the attorney general's office, to AG Chris Koster.  Let him know what has happened here, and to please investigate this case, and the offices of prosecuting attorney Robert Rice, and Nodaway county Sheriff Darrin Rice and their possible involvement with state rep Rex Barnett.  Mr. Koster's email is:

attorney.general@ago.mo.gov

 

References used to write this petition:
http://www.newspressnow.com/localnews/30242274/detail.html
http://www.newspressnow.com/localnews/30461134/detail.html
http://www.newspressnow.com/localnews/30672903/detail.html
http://stjoechannel.com/fulltext?nxd_id=263402
http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/spec01/member01/mem004.htm

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    • Brittany O'Hara PARKVILLE, MO
      • over 2 years ago

      This article alone shows how corrupt our justice system is. Just because underage drinking was involved does not mean that it should have been taken to this point. The girls that have suffered deserve justice. Money and influence should NOT hold any standing in the courts. The more these types of instances are brought up, the more likely it is that a change will be made.

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    • Jonathan Clark MARYVILLE, MO
      • over 2 years ago

      Possible corruption in government is the ultimate downfall of our society and must be investigated to the highest degree and at every turn. People who are supposively protecting freedoms of the public should have to give up some of their own while serving, not gain get out of jail free cards, in order to fully understand how important those freedoms are! What was described above is absolutely despicable and these boys should be put in treatment.

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    • Kristy Mizener LEES SUMMIT, MO
      • over 2 years ago

      Do what is right. Let a jury decide their fate.

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    • Susan Foster CHAPEL HILL, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      These boys should be in jail for a long time to come. No one deserves this kind of treatment. For the City of Maryville to once again let Name recognition and entitlement win out over justice for these girls is just plain wrong. I hope they and their families can eventually start to heal.

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    • Mike Kimery ALBANY, MO
      • over 2 years ago

      This makes me want to throw up,why do we the people have to get a petition going for these elected "criminals" to do their job?This corruption goes clear up to the White House.The elect always beleive that they are above the law.I say we quit paying taxes and that will cause their job to disapear,because they are always telling me "if you dont pay your taxes we wont be able to keep you safe".CRIMINALS,CRIMINALS,CRIMINALS,I hope these girls get the justice that they deserve,what an awful thing for them to have to live with the rest of their lives.Keep your chins up girls,we are all behind you!!

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