Sunday, October 20, 2013

New York Times addresses Maryville sexual assault case

The nationwide attention on the Maryville sexual assault case continues to grow, including an article in today's New York Times.

The case of Daisy Coleman, the teenager who alleges she was sexually assaulted by a high school athlete who is the grandson of a prominent Maryville politician, and the resulting lack of prosecution has brought much attention to Maryville, the article notes:

Local officials, families and students say they have received threats. Businesses say customers have stayed away to avoid the reporters from around the globe. The Sheriff’s Department has taken down its Web site because of hacking threats.
And so a town of about 12,000, whose high school football team was praised a few years back for allowing a boy with Down syndrome to score a touchdown, now finds itself facing threats and scorn.
“Doesn’t matter how you view the situation happened,” said Steve Klotz, the assistant superintendent for the Maryville School District. “We’re all now in a position where we have an uneasy feeling about what does this mean for our town.”

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