MARYVILLE, Mo. — After feeling the glare of the international spotlight for the past 10 days — since the “hacktivist” network Anonymous began a campaign to publicize a front-page story in the Oct. 12 edition of The Kansas City Star about a prosecutor dropping the charges in an alleged 2012 sexual assault against two teenage girls — the people of Maryville, a small northwest Missouri college town, want their privacy back.
Some residents figured the appointment Monday of Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker as special prosecutor to take over the case would mean the departure of the national media from their town and a return to life before Maryville became a headline and a trend on Twitter. Anonymous’ Maryville Twitter campaign comes after the group made headlines last year for bringing attention to the rape of a high school girl in Steubenville, Ohio.
A number of Maryville residents, several of whom did not want to be named, also said they had hoped Monday’s announcement about Baker would result in the cancellation of the Facebook-planned protest Justice for Daisy, which took place Tuesday.