"There's a multitude of anons and angry people alike planning a course of action as we speak for Maryville," said Deric Lostutter, aka RealKYAnonymous, who played an instrumental role in Anonymous' crusade in the Steubenville rape case. "We are watching. Always."
Lostutter also sent The Huffington Post a one-page statement that had been posted online Monday.
"We demand an immediate investigation into the handling by local authorities of Daisy's case," the statement reads, referring to Daisy Coleman, who was drunk when high school football player Matthew Barnett, then 17, allegedly sexually assaulted her last year at a house party. Coleman was 14 at the time.
If the Maryville authorities won't "do their jobs," the hacktivist's statement says, "we will have to stand for them."
Anonymous' plans formed rapidly after local paper The Kansas City Star published a 4,000-word report on how Barnett and a friend had sex with two underage girls. The report -- the result of seven months of investigating -- shot to the top of Reddit on Sunday, where readers across the country weighed in on the injustice of what reportedly occurred.
The day after the report was published, Lostutter, who is currently being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice and other agencies for his alleged role in hacking the Steubenville football team's website, posted a call to action on his Facebook page.
The initial events of the saga began in early January, when Barnett told police he had sex with Coleman, whom witnesses described as incoherent, local station KCUR writes. Although Barnett insisted the sex was consensual, Coleman's blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.13 seven hours after she had reportedly had her last drink, the Star reported.
Coleman was then abandoned in the front yard of her home, where she passed out for three hours in sub-freezing temperatures. After Coleman's mother found her and called 911, the girl was brought to St. Francis Hospital, where doctors discovered vaginal tears, The Kansas City Star reported.
Barnett was initially charged with felony sexual assault, but that charge was later dropped by Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice, who cited a "lack of proof," according to the Maryville Daily Forum. The only other charge against Barnett -- a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment -- was dropped over the summer, KCUR reported. Rice could not be reached for comment HuffPost.
Coleman was subsequently bullied at school, and her mother lost her job, prompting the family to move to a new town 40 miles away for a fresh start. Still, Coleman is reportedly scarred by what happened: She has attempted suicide and spent three months at a home for troubled teens, according to The Star.
Lostutter said that Anonymous is planning protests and a "media storm" to publicize the issue. The campaign is already beginning to light up on Twitter under the hashtags #OpMaryville and #Justice4Daisy.
Last year, Anonymous -- with Lostutter's help -- published a small trove of photos, videos and messages that illustrated some of the events surrounding the rape of a 16-year-old girl by two high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio. Many of those images were widely distributed during news coverage of the trial, which ended in the conviction of the athletes.
Note: The Huffington Post generally does not identify victims in these situations. However, the family confirmed to our staff that they wanted to go public with the information, which had already been reported by local and national news outlets.
Jeremy Hammond, known online as "Anarchaos," <a href="http://freejeremy.net/press-release/statement-from-jeremy-regarding-his-plea/" target="_blank">pleaded guilty on May 28 to violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act</a> for his part in breaking into the network of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/28/jeremy-hammond-anonymous-hacker-guilty-stratfor_n_3347215.html" target="_blank">geopolitical analysis company Stratfor Global Intelligence Service</a>. Hammond said he participated in the hack on behalf of Anonymous and its subgroup LulzSec. "I did this because I believe people have a right to know what governments and corporations are doing behind closed doors," he said in <a href="http://freejeremy.net/press-release/statement-from-jeremy-regarding-his-plea/" target="_blank">a statement posted on his website</a>. "I did what I believe is right."
Hector Xavier Monsegur
Hector Monsegur, also known as "Sabu," may be the most hated member of Anonymous. In 2011, after being fingered by the FBI, <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204603004577269844134620160.html" target="_blank">he betrayed fellow members of the Anonymous subgroup LulzSec</a> by helping the FBI gather evidence to arrest them. Monsegur is now facing up to 124 years in prison, though <a href="http://rt.com/usa/sabu-informant-anonymous-sentence-491/" target="_blank">his sentencing has been delayed</a> while he continues cooperating with federal agents.
Mercedes Renee Haefer
Mercedes Haefer, also known by "No," is part of 'Paypal 14,' a group of hackers arrested by the FBI in 2011 for <a href="http://www.unlvrebelyell.com/2011/07/25/unlv-student-arrested-by-fbi-for-hacking-in-support-of-wikileaks/" target="_blank">allegedly participating in a cyberattack against PayPal</a>. Haefer and the other members of Paypal 14 have remained in legal limbo for two years now. In May, they began negotiations for <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/18/paypal-14-hackers_n_3281768.html" target="_blank">a settlement that could keep them out of prison</a>.
Known in Anonymous circles as "Commander X," <a href="http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/05/12/insider-tells-why-anonymous-might-well-be-the-most-powerful-organization-on-earth/" target="_blank">Christopher Doyan participated in attacks</a> on Sony, PayPal, the Tunisian government and the county website of Santa Cruz, Calif. He was <a href="http://idealab.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/10/homeless-hacker-christopher-doyon-aka-commander-x-joins-up-with-occupy-movement.php" target="_blank">arrested by federal authorities and threatened with 15 years in prison in September 2011</a> for the attack on the Santa Cruz website. But now he is on the run. Shortly after his arrest, Doyan jumped bail and fled to Canada through <a href="http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/05/12/insider-tells-why-anonymous-might-well-be-the-most-powerful-organization-on-earth/" target="_blank">what he calls</a> an "underground railroad."
Unlike most members of Anonymous, journalist Barrett Brown has never tried to remain...anonymous. This self-proclaimed "spokesman" for the hacktivist collective was <a href="http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2012/09/anonymous-spokesperson-barrett-brown-raided-arrested-in-dallas.html/" target="_blank">arrested in September 2012</a> and indicted on <a href="http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2012/10/feds-indict-self-proclaimed-anonymous-spokesman-on-retaliation-conspiracy-charges.html/" target="_blank">charges of</a> "making an online threat, retaliating against a federal officer and conspiring to release the personal information of a U.S. government employee," The Dallas Morning News reported. Brown was later <a href="http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2012/12/new-federal-indictment-lists-12-more-charges-against-barrett-brown-once-the-self-proclaimed-spokesman-for-anonymous.html/" target="_blank">additionally indicted</a> on charges related to the Stratfor Global Intelligence Service hack.
In January 2011, Anonymous began "<a href="http://anonnews.org/?p=press&a=item&i=118" target="_blank">Operation: Tunisia</a>," a hacktivist effort to assist Tunisian revolutionaries. <a href="http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/01/anonymous-dicators-existential-dread/" target="_blank">Slim Amamou, an outspoken Tunisian blogger known as "slim404,"</a> was arrested by Tunisian police working for the failing government. Amamou was held in jail for seven days, but when the Tunisian regime was overthrown, he was hailed as a hero and <a href="http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/01/anonymous-dicators-existential-dread/" target="_blank">made secretary of state for sport and youth</a> in the Tunisian transitional government.
Dmitriy Guzner, known by the alias "Aendy," was fingered by the FBI in 2008 for <a href="http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/05/teen-pleads-guilty-to-scientology-web-attacks/" target="_blank">attacking Church of Scientology computers</a>. He <a href="http://news.softpedia.com/news/Scientology-Attacker-Gets-Prison-Time-127761.shtml" target="_blank">was sentenced to a year in prison and two years of probation,</a> making him the first hacker to ever be arrested in connection with Anonymous.