The Texas Rangers investigation into allegations of solicitation of a minor against Maypearl Police Chief Kevin Coffey may take a new turn as new information comes to light.
Among the allegations made by a minor and her parents are that five other girls may have received the same inappropriate attention from Coffey.
Ellis County and District Attorney Patrick Wilson issued a call to any other possible victims and others who may have further information to contact his office or the Texas Rangers.
On Wednesday, Wilson said his office had received information that he, his staff and investigators will pursue.
“At this point in the investigation, which is ongoing, I do know we have had additional information that was brought to our attention. We will pursue other avenues that may unfold as a result of that information,” Wilson said, reiterating that Coffey has not been formally accused or been indicted on the allegations.
The Texas Rangers executed two search warrants at Coffey’s residence and the Maypearl Police Department on Saturday in relation to the investigation.
In the search warrants, the parents of the minor met with a Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper and told the trooper their daughter told them she felt Coffey was messaging and saying inappropriate things to her, and she felt his end goal was to have sex with her. Forensic investigation of two cellphones obtained during the searches corroborate the allegations made by the minor, the search warrants state.
“Well, it’s disconcerting,” Wilson said regarding the allegations. “That’s why you want to take this one step at a time. You have to be very careful and thorough. That’s why the search warrants were executed to determine if there’s more to the story.”
Coffey is alleged to have made sexual comments about the girl’s body to her in person and contacted her on Facebook when she was 14 years old. Other allegations against Coffey include asking the minor to come by his office late at night about 2-3 a.m. and visiting her house in his patrol vehicle and personal vehicle to see her.
The minor also told the trooper that Coffey would wait outside her house and stop her, and that Coffey has been talking with five other juvenile females through text messages and would stop them in the same manner, the warrant states.
“They need to have confidence and faith in the justice system, especially if their local face of that justice is possibly the cause of some injustice,” Wilson said about the other possible victims. “Or if they have been living in fear, we want to do what we can to help put things right for them.”
As of press time Wednesday, no arrest has been made.