Mo. man accused of rape charged with misdemeanor

MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old schoolmate when he was 17 has been charged with misdemeanor child endangerment.

The charge against 19-year-old Matt Barnett was filed Thursday in Nodaway County Court in Maryville.

Special prosecutor Jean Peters Baker has been re-examining the girl's allegations that Barnett raped her at a January 2012 house party, when he was a Maryville High School senior and she was a freshman.

Barnett says the sex was consensual. He is to be arraigned Thursday afternoon.

Baker stepped in after the local prosecutor was criticized for dropping the case because he alleged that Daisy's family had stopped cooperating.

The Associated Press generally doesn't name alleged victims of sexual assault but is naming Daisy because she and her mother have granted public interviews.

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