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Maryville Alleged Rape: Second alleged victim in Mo. sexual assault case speaks out, backs up claims by Coleman family

Maryville High School in Maryville, Mo.
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(CBS) MARYVILLE, Mo. - A girl who identifies herself as the secondteen who was allegedly sexually assaulted in Jan. 2012 in Maryville, Mo., spoke out on Al Jazeera America Tuesday night and backed up claims made by her friend, Daisy Coleman.

She reportedly told the station that both she and Daisy were forced to have sex against their will at an alcohol-fueled gathering at another teen's house.

The alleged victim, now 15, was 13 when she says she and Daisy, then 14, snuck out of Daisy's Maryville home after drinking from a stash of alcohol in Daisy's closet. The two went to 17-year-old Matthew Barnett's house where Daisy continued drinking, according to the younger girl's interview with Al Jazeera.

"They just started handing her drink after drink after drink," she told the station.

She also told the station that she was taken into a room by a 15-year-old boy, who has not been identified, and was sexually assaulted after telling him no and pushing him away.

The alleged victim also said that afterwards, she walked into Barnett's room and found Daisy "incoherent."

"She couldn't walk, couldn't talk, and just was talking like a baby pretty much," she told the station.

The alleged victim went on to say the boys later took them back to Daisy's home but they were wary of waking up Daisy's brothers, so they told her to go inside and that they would stay outside with Daisy until she sobered up.

According to a report in the Kansas City Star, Daisy's mother, Melinda Coleman, says she found her daughter the next morning sprawled on the front porch of their home in 22-degree weather, barely conscious.

She was reportedly taken to the hospital for evaluation and that's when police became involved.

Barnett, then-17, was initially arrested and charged with sexual assault and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child after reportedly admitting to having sex with Daisy and to being aware that she had been drinking. He reportedly insisted the sex was consensual. Missouri felony statutes define sex as non-consensual when the victim is incapacitated by alcohol.

The 15-year-old who allegedly assaulted the 13-year-old was also arrested after he allegedly admitted having a sexual encounter with her that night, the Kansas City Star reports. He also reportedly told authorities that Daisy's sexual encounter had been captured on an iPhone. That video led to 17-year-old Jordan Zech's felony charge of sexual exploitation of a minor, reports the paper.

The felony charges against Barnett and Zech were later dropped by Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice. When Crimesider reached out to Rice, he issued a statement saying there was a lack of evidence and a  refusal to cooperate by key witnesses.

Nodaway County Sheriff Darren White backed up Rice's claimsin an interview with Crimesider.

Daisy and her mother have disputed assertions that they refused to testify and cooperate with authorities investigating the case. Melinda Coleman said she only invoked her Fifth Amendment right after the felony charges were dropped.

"We were cooperating with all of the big felony charges," the alleged younger victim told Aljazeera.

She said she was "very angered" when the charges were dropped.

"I didn't see how someone could drop those charges when they had all of the evidence they needed, and at the beginning said that they had a very strong case, but then they dropped the charges, and I felt like they were getting off on something that they shouldn't have been able to get off of," she told the station.

She says she still wants to see justice.

On Tuesday evening, Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder encouraged Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster and Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rice to convene a grand jury to review the evidence.

"The appalling facts in the public record shock the conscience and cry out that responsible authorities must take another look," Kinder said in a statement.

According to the Associated Press, the Missouri Attorney General's office has said it has no power to reopen an investigation into the case, saying that decision would be left up to Rice.

However, Missouri House Speaker Timothy Jones issued a statement arguing, "While our attorney general has already stated he has no authority to intervene in this matter, I firmly believe he is empowered to do so under state statute 27.060. I am calling on him to utilize his authority to intervene in this matter so that we can be confident that justice is served."

Complete coverage of the Maryville alleged rape case on Crimesider

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