• Prosecutor named in Maryville assault

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  • Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker says neither politics nor personal connections will play any role in her review of a northwest Missouri teen sexual assault case that has gained worldwide attention.
    A Nodaway County judge on Monday appointed Baker to serve as a special prosecutor in the case of a former Maryville resident who says she was 14 in January 2012 when a 17-year-old boy gave her alcohol and had sex with her.
    Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice initially charged that boy with sexual assault and a second 17-year-old with sexual exploitation of a minor, but he later dropped the felony charges and said the victim had quit cooperating.
    Baker eventually will decide whether there’s enough evidence to refile charges in the case.
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