WAXAHACHIE — Almost two years have passed since former Maypearl Police Chief Kevin Coffey turned himself over to Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Deputies. In just two days his case will be heard before a jury of peers.
Jury selection in the case begins Monday with the trial starting on Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the 443rd Judicial District Court.
Coffey has been charged and indicted for indecency with a child that includes sexual contact and sexual assault of a child. According to indictments issued Oct. 15, 2015, Coffey allegedly began having sex with a child younger than 17 years old on Jan. 1, 2015. According to an arrest warrant issued July 21, 2015, the charge came after the mother of a 14-year-old girl contacted Texas Ranger Adam Sweaney to inform him that her daughter "made an outcry she had an inappropriate relationship with Coffey." He turned himself into the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office on July 22, 2015.
Coffey, through his attorney Jim Jenkins, filed an application for a writ of habeas corpus in the 443rd Judicial District Court on Aug. 6, 2015. In the application, Jenkins requested that Coffey’s bonds be reduced from $350,000 to $20,000. Judge Cindy Ermatinger denied Coffey’s motions five days later and left the bonds set at the original amounts.
Then, on Aug. 24, Coffey rejected a plea bargain agreement from the Ellis County and District Attorney’s Office. According to the district clerk’s website, the plea agreement would have allowed Coffey to serve 35 years consecutively on the charges he faces in Ellis County at a Texas Department of Justice facility.
However, the Ellis County charge is not the only one Coffey faces.
The Wayne McCollum Detention Center's website states that Coffey faces multiple charges from the Johnson County Sheriff's Office. According to the database, Coffey has been charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child and one count of indecency with a child by contact.
According to a Johnson County arrest warrant issued Aug. 1, 2015, the two charges are in connection with accusations made by a minor. These offenses allegedly took place when Coffey was serving with the Grandview Police Department on April 12, 2001.
According to information from Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCLOE), Coffey’s served the Grandview Police Department from Dec. 11, 2000 — Nov. 20, 2003.
A Hill County Grand Jury indicted Coffey Nov. 8, 2016 on the charges of Indecency with a child after he allegedly exposed and performed sexual acts with or on a child.
According to TCOLE, Coffey has served a total of 17 years and two months as a law enforcement officer. Before 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 record shows Coffey’s service with different departments ranging from little more than one month — like time at the Maypearl Police Department from Nov. 1, 2005, to Dec. 8, 2005 — to time at other departments ranging from four to 11 months.
Coffey was hired a second time with the Maypearl Police Department as a reserve officer in March 2010. A reserve police officer is an officer who is typically unpaid but volunteers his or her time to performing law enforcement duties. He then became a full-time officer with Maypearl in November 2010, serving as a sergeant. Coffey was promoted to police chief in September 2013.
Coffey has remained in custody at Wayne McCollum Detention Center since his arrest in 2015. As of 4 p.m. Friday Coffey is in custody at the detention center and has bonds totaling $800,000. These bonds included charges he faces in Johnson County and Hill County.
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