The story of Matthew Barnett starts in Maryville, Missouri and includes allegation of rape, bullying, intimidation and political scandal. This high school football player was accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. However, thanks to mysterious circumstances, all charges were dropped. After he got off, the accuser and her family were allegedly harassed to the point that they were forced to move out of town.
Look below for 9 pictures of Matthew Barnett, who now attends the University of Central Missouri. The 19-year-old is the grandson of a former state representative, which has raised suspicions that he received preferential treatment during this ordeal.
Anonymous and other hacktivist groups are pressuring the city to reopen the case. Personally, I agree that this needs to be looked at again. If he’s innocent, let him prove that in a court of law. Don’t let him off because he happens to be related to the right people.
Here are the images mentioned above — click the right arrow to view the complete gallery: