Claims of a cover-up after sex attack charges are dropped against teenage grandson of influential GOP representative
A county prosecutor and sheriff have been accused of a cover-up after sex attack charges were dropped against the grandson of an influential Missouri representative.
Matthew Barnett, 17, had been facing charges of sexually assaulting a drunk 14-year-old girl at his family home in January.
But the case sparked outrage among justice campaigners when the accusations were dismissed earlier this month due to lack of evidence.
An online petition claims the decision was made despite video evidence and even before forensic test results had come back from the lab.
It alleges the teenager’s grandfather, GOP state representative Rex Barnett, may have influenced Sheriff Darren White and prosecutor Robert Rice.
It states that Rex Barnett serves on at least one committee with Sheriff White and has called on Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster to investigate.
‘The conduct of Robert Rice and Darren White is, at the very least, questionable in this case,’ the petition goes on to say.
Barnett had been accused of sexually assaulting the girl while his friend Jordan Zech, 17, recorded the alleged attack on his cell phone.
It is also alleged a 15-year-old boy was filmed assaulting a 13-year-old girl at the same time in the house. Read more: Dailymail