Maryville man pleads guilty to misdemeanor child endangerment

      Nodaway County Courthouse

      A Missouri man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old schoolmate when he was 17 has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor child endangerment charge as part of a deal with prosecutors.

      Matt Barnett entered the plea Thursday during a court hearing in his hometown of Maryville. He was sentenced to two years of probation and a four-month suspended jail term.

      The girl says Barnett raped her at a house party in January 2012. Barnett says the sex was consensual.

      The local prosecutor dropped the case because he said the girl's family stopped cooperating.

      A special prosecutor was tasked with re-examining it after it received widespread attention last fall.