Maryville Case Sheriff Calls Anonymous Cowards, Losers

Kim LaCapria

After Anonymous, the "hacktivist" collective responsible for publicizing the Steubenville rape coverup, went public with the Daisy Coleman case, a local sheriff lashed out at the group in the ensuing press frenzy.

Thanks to the Anonymous OpMaryville initiative, the country learned of the alleged rapes of two girls in Maryville, Missouri. Originally, 14-year-old Daisy Coleman came forward, and later, the second alleged victim was named as Paige Parkhurst, 13. While sexual assault victims and underage victims are generally kept anonymous, Coleman and her family have consented to being identified as Parkhurst later did.

Much coverage was given the as of this week unpublicized case, and the details were stunning. Coleman, 14, was allegedly plied with alcohol, raped, and left scantily clad on her lawn in freezing temperatures.

Much like in Steubenville, her assailants were well-liked football stars. The 17-year-old boy accused of raping her and a friend accused of filming the assault was not charged and the Coleman family faced a backlash for accusing Matthew Barnett in the assault.

Anonymous waded in with their power to boost a signal, and things quickly got real. County Sheriff Darren White commented on the decision not to prosecute the boys -- one of whom comes from a well-connected Republican family -- and @YourAnonNews tweeted:

— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) October 15, 2013

Speaking to press after a day of intense heat from media and social presences, White sneered at the group and painted Anonymous as a band of low-life losers in their moms' basements.

The Sheriff said:

They are truly a bunch of cowards, hiding behind--even their name, 'Anonymous.' What do you do with people like that? They all need to get jobs and quit living with their parents."

"They [local officials] said it over and over again that it could never be reopened... So now I don't know... what could really happen legally at this point."

— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) October 16, 2013

— Anonymous Operations (@YourAnonCentral) October 15, 2013