Coleman said her daughter made some mistakes, but that she was still the victim.
“She shouldn’t have snuck out of the house. She shouldn’t have drank. But I think a lot of 14-year-olds do that, and I’m sick of people saying she deserves this,” Coleman said
Robert Sundell, who earlier represented the teen accused of assaulting Daisy, was out of the office Wednesday and didn’t return phone messages. In a statement Tuesday, Sundell said his former client cooperated with the investigation and freely admitted to the sexual encounter. He said that while many may find his former client’s behavior “reprehensible,” the legal issue was whether a crime was committed.
The case has drawn comparisons to one in Steubenville, Ohio, where two 17-year-old high school football players were convicted of raping a West Virginia girl after an alcohol-fueled party in 2012. The case was furiously debated online and led to allegations of a cover-up to protect the city’s celebrated football team.
Officials in Maryville say they’ve had to increase police patrols because of threats made against residents and the city in general.
However, Coleman said the harassment her family faced was from just a few residents, mainly friends and family members of the boys accused, and that she otherwise liked Maryville.