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The high school football star who was accused of raping tragic Daisy Coleman at a teen party in 2012 has moved on from the ordeal with a new girlfriend and well-paying job, but says he 'still struggles' with what happened

by Hershel Rosanove (2021-02-26)


The high school football star who was accused of raping tragic Daisy Coleman at a teen party in 2012 has moved on from the ordeal with a new girlfriend and well-paying job, but says he 'still struggles' with what happened. 

Matthew Barnett, now 26, served four months in jail after being convicted of child endangerment in 2014 for dumping a paralytic Coleman - then 14 - on her mother's porch in freezing temperatures following a party at his home when he was 17.

Coleman, whose story was explored in the 2016 Netflix documentary Audrie & Daisy, killed herself aged just 23 in August.

Last week, Coleman's mother Melinda, 58, also committed suicide at her home in Albany, Missouri, after becoming overwhelmed with grief.

Barnett has never spoken about what happened between him and Coleman at the party but admitted having what he described as consensual sex with her at trial.

Found in a leafy Kansas City suburb by DailyMail.com last week, Barnett broke his silence for the first time in eight years to say that he was 'sad' to hear of Melinda's death.

Matthew Barnett, now 26, was accused of raping tragic Daisy Coleman at a teen party in 2012 and served four months in jail for child endangerment.

He was spotted by DailyMail.com leaving his Kansas City home

Melinda Coleman, 58, committed suicide last week at home in Missouri four months after Daisy, 23, killed herself.

Daisy Coleman is pictured with her mom Melinda

Barnett broke his silence for the first time in eight years to say that he was 'sad' to hear of Melinda's death, DailyMail.com can reveal

Asked how he feels about the suicides of Coleman and her mother, he said: 'I don't really have any comment.

It's just very sad'.

But Barnett said that although he is 'good', he has found the experience of being accused of rape difficult, telling DailyMail.com: 'I still struggle with it but I'm okay'.

Daisy alleged she was raped by Matthew Barnett, pictured.

The son of a Republican state politician, he denied raping Daisy and served four months in prison on misdemeanor charges

Exclusive DailyMail.com photos show how the former star footballer has changed since 2012, swapping his clean-cut high school look for a heavy beard.

Barnett, who the Colemans claimed was shielded by his Republican Congressman grandfather Rex, now lives in Kansas City, Missouri - more than 100 miles from Marysville where the alleged attack took place.

Property records show he has owned his modest two-bedroom house, which sits on a quiet leafy street, since 2017.

He also appears to have found love and shares the home with a girlfriend who was pictured by DailyMail.com waving him off to work at a roofing company.

But while he lives a comfortable life, his dreams of football stardom were ended by the furor over alleged rape and he quietly dropped out of the University of Central Missouri in his freshman year after his enrollment was exposed by the media.

UCM had initially defended their decision to allow him to attend, writing in an email to students that: '[T]his incident occurred more than a year ago, and all charges against persons of interest were dropped.

'The university is required to allow all qualified and eligible students to pursue an education.'

Barnett now works in a $55,000-a-year job as a project manager for industrial roofing firm, Delta Innovative Services.

According to job listings, the role includes dealing with invoices, checking architectural drawings and assigning personnel.

Emails obtained by DailyMail.com show he has been working for the company since at least 2018 and oversaw a project to re-roof a K12 school in Smithville - a small town a few miles north of Kansas City.

Barnett was not part of the team that physically installed the new roof but did visit the property to carry out site inspections, as well as liaising with the school board.

Matthew Barnett was convicted of child endangerment in the case of Daisy Coleman in 2013.

Barnett now lives in Kansas City Missouri 

Barnett appears to have found love and shares the home with an unnamed girlfriend who was pictured waving him off to work 

Property records show he has owned his modest two-bedroom house, which sits on a quiet leafy street, since 2017

These DailyMail.com photos show how the former star footballer has changed since 2012, swapping his clean-cut high school look for a heavy beard

This is Delta Innovative Systems, an industrial roofing company where Matthew Barnett works

Barnett now works in a $55,000-a-year job as a project manager for industrial roofing firm, Delta Innovative Services

He also remains close to his family, frequently returning to the Marysville home where the 2012 party took place to see his parents.

He has also made the occasional appearance on his realtor mother's social media, most recently in a Christmas family photo taken in December 2018.

Captioned, 'Merry Christmas from my family to yours', it shows Barnett dressed in festive pajamas and posing with his family, including sister Malorie, 28.

Barnett was initially arrested on a felony rape charge following the January 2012 party but that was dropped by prosecutors in favor of misdemeanor child endangerment in 2013.

Coleman always insisted that she was raped, saying he plied her with so much alcohol during the party, she was unable to resist and had to be carried from the bedroom where the alleged attack took place.

Barnett and his family have always denied it, with his mother Shirley telling DailyMail.com in a 2013 interview that he deserves an apology and that the accusations 'ruined his life'.

His father Tommy claimed that his son had been 'subjected to an assassination'.

Coleman and her family moved away from Marysville shortly after the alleged attack, claiming they had been harassed by Barnett's friends and family.

Melinda lost her job shortly after Barnett's arrest and their Marysville home was burned down after they moved back to Albany.

Daisy is pictured above shortly before her death.

She became an inspiration and source of strength for many when she spoke candidly about being sexually assault at the age of 14 in the 2016 Netflix documentary Audrie & Daisy

 Daisy (pictured with her mother) always insisted that she was raped, saying Barnett plied her with so much alcohol during the party, she was unable to resist and had to be carried from the bedroom where the alleged attack took place

SafeBae, a sexual assault prevention group, announced the death of Melinda last week 

Coleman had spoken of how she faced constant abuse on social media, eventually relocating out of state to Lakewood, Colorado and setting up SafeBAE - a charity that campaigns to end sexual assault among middle and high school students - with her mother.

But tragically, she never completely escaped her past and complained of having to deal with a stalker shortly before her death on August 4.

The 23-year-old finally took her own life during a Facetime call with her boyfriend after finding out she was unable to have children.

Her mother Melinda killed herself last week.

When you loved this post and you want to receive details relating to or Roof replacement please visit our own web page. A statement from SafeBAE said she had become overwhelmed with grief over her daughter's death.

It read: 'We are in shock and disbelief to share with our SafeBAE family that we lost Melinda Coleman to suicide this evening.

'The bottomless grief of losing her husband, Tristan, and Daisy was more than she could face most days.'