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High school football takes another hit in Missouri

matt examiningsports

The rape case involving two Steubenville High School football players brought a black eye to Southeast Ohio last year.

Now, the community of Maryville, Missouri, is dealing with the same type of ugly mess.

According to published reports, a Maryville High School football player was accused last year of raping a 14-year-old girl while a teammate videotaped part of the act.

The girl was left lying in her front yard, partially clothed after the incident.

A public outcry was created when Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice dropped sexual assault and sexual exploitation charges against the boys because of a stated lack of cooperation from those involved, including the victim.

The decision has created a firestorm in the town of 12,000 people. The Los Angeles Times reported this week that Missouri’s lieutenant governor and House speaker called for the attorney general to intervene.

As a result, the embattled Rice announced Wednesday that he has asked for a special prosecutor to re-examine the case.

I love high school football, but I always cringe when I read stories like this one. I hope for the victim that the true facts come out and justice prevails.

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