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17-year-old reports sexual assault at house party

Sunday, March 8, 2009 | 5:52 p.m. CDT; updated 6:52 p.m. CDT, Sunday, March 8, 2009

COLUMBIA — A woman reported to police that she was sexually assaulted at a party at a house on the 5000 block of Commercial Drive around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

The 17-year-old victim sought medical treatment and reported the incident Sunday afternoon, the release said. The Major Crimes Unit began investigating and questioned witnesses. A 20-year-old male was identified as a suspect, according to the release. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information can submit tips to CrimeStoppers by calling 875-TIPS or going to 875tips.com. Those who give information leading to an arrest may be eligible for a reward of up to $1500.


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Chuck DeWeese March 8, 2009 | 10:54 p.m.

What is a 17 year old girl doing out at 3:30 in the morning. Doesn't anyone believe in parenting anymore? When they catch the molester and give him some time, the parents should be ocupying the same cell.

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Ayn Rand March 9, 2009 | 8:08 a.m.

Maybe because under Missouri law, 17 is considered adult. A 17-year-old can move out on her own, and legally the parent(s) cannot stop him/her. But they still can be held legally and financially responsible for her, such as if she injures someone, and that person's lawyer goes looking for the deepest pockets.

Plus, the parents cannot legally emancipate themselves from a 17-year-old. Only the child can initiate that.

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