An Ellis County grand jury has indicted former Maypearl Police Chief Kevin Coffey on the charges of sexual performance by a child, sexual assault of a child, indecency with a child by contact and indecency with a child by exposure. These charges are only related to one of three possible victims.
According to the indictment issued on Tuesday, on Jan. 1 Coffey allegedly influenced a child who was younger than 18 years of age to engage in sexual acts. Ellis County and District Attorney Patrick Wilson said the indictments coming down from the grand jury were not a surprise.
“This case has been treated like any other case. I think that the investigation has been pretty thorough. The fact that he is a police officer does not give him any special privileges under the law. We have tried to treat this case like any other similar allegations,” Wilson said Wednesday morning. “What we believed to be the appropriate charges based on the facts and the law were presented to the grand jury and they madetheir determination accordingly.”
Wilson said as far as the next step, a court date has to be assigned to one of the two district courts. Once it is assigned, the district court will set a date for Coffey’s first formal court appearance.
An arrest warrant was issued for Coffey on July 21, and he turned himself into the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office on July 22. The warrant stated on July 17, the mother of a 14-year-old girl contacted Sweaney and informed him that her daughter “made an outcry she had an inappropriate relationship with Coffey.” About a week prior to his arrest, police executed a search warrant at his home in Grandview and the Maypearl Police Department related to another possible case of sexual conduct with a minor.
Coffey’s court-appointed attorney Jim Jenkins said he had no comment on the indictments handed down Tuesday. Coffey faces a maximum sentence of 20 years for each of the second degree felonies, sexual performance by a child, sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child by contact, and a maximum of 10 years for the third degree felony, indecency with a child by exposure, for a possible total sentence of 70 years in prison.
Coffey has also been charged with sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child by contact by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office for an incident that may have occurred at least 14 years ago with a possible third victim.
According to information from the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement (TCOLE), Coffey has served a total of 17 years and two months working as a law enforcement officer. Prior to Coffey’s service in law enforcement, he served in the United States Marine Corps.
Coffey has served in both Texas and North Carolina. Some of the departments Coffey has worked for include the Tolar Police Department, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, the Grandview Police Department, the Hudson Oaks Police Department, the Maypearl Police Department, the Italy Police Department and the Rio Vista Police Department.
The TCOLE personnel information record shows Coffey’s service with different departments ranging as little more than one month and time at other departments ranging from four to 11 months.
Coffey remains in custody at the Wayne McCollum Detention Center.