Who is Matthew Barnett? The boy accused of ‘sexually assaulting Daisy Coleman when she was 14’ in Netflix documentary


“SEXUAL assault survivor” Daisy Coleman who appeared on the Netflix documentary “Audrie & Daisy,” took her own life at 23.

Her mom, Melinda shared the news in an emotional Facebook post on Tuesday, writing “I wish I could have taken the pain from her!”

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Barnett pleaded guilty to a charge of misdemeanor child endangerment but he wasn’t convicted of sexual assault[/caption]


Daisy Coleman took her own life on Tuesday [/caption]

In 2012, Daisy then 14 said she was raped by another teenager Matthew Barnett, 17, in their small Missouri town.

Daisy and a 13-year-old friend alleged that they were sexually assaulted and plied with alcohol during a party at Barnett’s home.

Two years later, Barnett pleaded guilty to a charge of misdemeanor child endangerment, but not a felony sexual assault, saying the sex with Daisy was consensual.

He got two years’ probation but he was never convicted – but who is Matthew Barnett?

Who is Daisy Coleman and when did she die?

Daisy Coleman, 23, was a sexual assault survivor.

She alleged that she was sexually assaulted at Matthew Barnett’s party when she was a cheerleader and freshman at Maryville High School.

Her case gained garnered attention following a 2013 story in The Kansas City Star detailing the harassment Coleman and her family received after coming forward in Maryville.

She was also the subject of the Netflix documentary “Audrie & Daisy” (2016), which focussed on the alleged assault and its aftermath for her family.

Daisy co-founded to help young victims of sexual assault with Shael Norris called SafeBAE.

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Barnett insisted that Daisy consented to having sex with him [/caption]

Her brother Tristan Coleman, 19, died in a June 2018 car crash at age 19 and her dad also died in a car crash when she was young.

On Tuesday night, Daisy was found dead after her mom called the cops to check on her well-being; she had taken her own life.

During the Netflix documentary, Daisy’s family said she previously had attempted suicide twice after the harassment on social media.

Who is Matthew Barnett?

Matthew Barnett was a Maryville High senior who was accused of sexually assaulting Daisy Coleman.

Barnett was a 17-year-old high school football player who was on the same football team as Daisy’s brother Charlie when the incident occurred.

His granddad is Missouri Republican Rep Rex Barnett.

In 2012, the Daily Mail reported that Rex served on at least one committee with Sheriff Darrin White at the time.

Barnett pleaded guilty in January 2014 to a misdemeanor child endangerment charge, but not sexual assault.


Daisy said she was harassed online and in person[/caption]

He was sentenced to two years of probation and a suspended jail term for four months.

What are the accusations against him?

Barnett was initially arrested on charges of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

The second charge was for allegedly leaving Daisy incapacitated by alcohol and barely conscious on her porch in 30-degree temperatures.

Barnett admitted having sex with Daisy and the case was handled in juvenile court.

He insisted the sex was consensual even though she was inebriated.

Another teenager faced a charge of sexual exploitation of a minor for recording Daisy and Barnett – but cops never found the cellphone video.

What happened in Missouri in 2012?

On January 8, 2012, Daisy and a 13-year-old friend sneaked out of Daisy’s house.

They were picked up by Matthew Barnett and some other boys, who took the girls to a party at Barnett’s house.

Daisy told cops she was given a clear liquid before being raped in a bedroom.

She alleged a second boy recorded the act on his cellphone but cops said that the video no longer existed.

Another 15-year-old boy allegedly raped Daisy’s 13-year-old friend.


Daisy was left incapacitated by alcohol and barely conscious on her porch in 30-degree temperatures[/caption]

The boys then left Daisy on her porch where she stayed in freezing temperatures for several hours before her mom found her.

Barnett admitted having sex with Daisy but said it was consensual.

“I wish I could have taken the pain from her! She never recovered from what those boys did to her and it’s just not fair. My baby girl is gone,” Melinda wrote this week.

Was Barnett ever convicted? 

Barnett wasn’t charged with statutory rape, which Missouri law generally applies in cases when a victim is under 14 years old – but felony statutes define sex as non-consensual if the victim is incapacitated by alcohol, noted the Kansas City Star.

In 2014, Barnett pleaded guilty to a charge of misdemeanor child endangerment, but not a felony sexual assault after he insisted the sex was consensual.

Nodaway County prosecutor Robert Rice dropped the felony charges against Barnett and the other teen, citing a lack of evidence.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters-Baker – who was brought in to reopen the case after Rice was criticized by Daisy’s family and others also determined there wasn’t enough evidence.


Daisy’s mom Melinda Coleman alleged that the felony charge was dropped because of political pressure.[/caption]

Daisy’s mom Melinda Coleman alleged Rice dropped the felony charge because of political pressure, which Rice Denied.

Barnett’s grandfather was a four-term Republican Missouri state representative and a state trooper for 32 years.

Rice said it was dropped because the Colemans stopped cooperating with his investigation – but Daisy’s family said they were willing to cooperate until the charges were dropped.

What is the 2016 documentary Audrie & Daisy?

“Audrie and Daisy” was a 2016 documentary released on the streaming service Netflix, which won a Peabody Award that same year.

It focussed on Daisy’s allegations in Missouri, and the relentless bullying she endured in person and online, and 15-year-old Audrie Pott’s experience in California.

Pott died by suicide days after she said she was sexually assaulted by three boys in September 2012 in Sarasota.

“In two towns on different sides of America, two teenage girls pass out while intoxicated at high school parties and, while unconscious, both are sexually assaulted by boys they call friends,” the Netflix description read.

“In the aftermath, the girls each endure online harassment, both attempt suicide, and tragically, one dies.

“The film explores this new public square of shame from the perspective of the teenagers and their families — including the boys involved in the assaults and the girls willing to speak out publicly.”

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Daisy told cops she was plied with alcohol and raped in 2012[/caption]


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