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Jan. 10, 2014MARYVILLE, Mo.  |  By: B. Nuelle

Guilty Plea in Maryville Case

A Maryville teen has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges related to the January 8th 2012 allegations of sexual assault against a 14 year old girl.
Matthew Barnett entered a guilty plea yesterday to the charge of Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the 2nd Degree.
Judge Glen Dietrich sentenced Barnett to 120 days in the Nodaway County jail.  His sentence was suspended pending completion of a two-year probation.
Special prosecutor in the case, Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker says under the terms of the probation Barnett has to pay a substantial amount of restitution to the victim, serve one hundred hours of community service, and provide an apology.

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Baker was appointed as a special prosecutor in the case last October after sexual assault charges were dismissed in 2012. She added evidence did not exist to file a felony sex charge in the case.