Jury convicts Jefferson County man of all charges following sexual abuse case
OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - On Friday, a Jefferson County jury convicted Michael Alexander Coon of all charges, following a 2018 sexual abuse case of a young girl.
Coon was charged with two counts of Sexual Abuse in the 2nd Degree and one count of Child Endangerment. The charges were filed in 2018 after allegations that Coon had been sexually abusing the six-year-old daughter of his ex-girlfriend.
The victim, who is now eight, testified in court. She said that Coon would come into her room after her mother would leave for work and put his hands down her pants. She said this would happen almost every morning, and then Coon would get up and say, “it’s time for school.”
“This case constitutes one the most serious types of crimes, while being one of the most challenging to take to trial, as it required the minor victim to sit in court with the perpetrator and detail the most traumatic experiences in her short life to a room full of strangers. Furthermore, because of the lack of physical evidence because of a delay in disclosure, it required the jury to render a verdict based primarily on the testimony of one little girl, because in the end, only two people were in the room where it happened, and one of them was the Defendant. In this case, the jury believed what the victim had to say,” said Jefferson County Attorney, Chauncey Moulding.
Coon was immediately taken into custody. He is being held without bond until sentencing on April 26. If sentenced consecutively on all charges, Coon would serve a maximum of 52 years in prison.
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