Nodaway County prosecutor says he's appointing special prosecutor to look at sex assault case

A Missouri prosecutor who dropped charges in a sex assault case involving a 14-year-old girl says he's appointing a special prosecutor to look at the case.

Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice announced the development at a news conference Wednesday.

The girl's mother, Melinda Coleman, says she was plied with alcohol and raped by a 17-year-old acquaintance.

Coleman says the family was forced to move from Maryville because of harassment they faced in the small town. She says that after the alleged attack last January, her daughter was dumped on her family's front porch in freezing cold temperatures.

Two months after the incident, Rice dropped charges against the 17-year-old boy.

Rice and the county sheriff have insisted the case collapsed when the Colemans became uncooperative with investigators. Coleman denies that.