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Former Youth Minister Faces Further Charges of Child Porn

Chad A. Coe, 32, of Elgin, was indicted Dec. 19, 2013, by a Kane County grand jury on six counts of child pornography, each a Class 2 felony. The indictments were unsealed Friday morning by Circuit Judge James C. Hallock.

Credit: Kane Count State's Attorney's Office
Credit: Kane Count State's Attorney's Office

A former northern Kane County youth minister who was charged last summer with having sexual contact at a church with a minor has been indicted for possessing child pornography.

Chad A. Coe, 32, of the 500 block of Dundee Avenue, Elgin, was indicted Dec. 19, 2013, by a Kane County grand jury on six counts of child pornography, each a Class 2 felony.

The indictments were unsealed this morning by Circuit Judge James C. Hallock.

According to the indictments, between Sept. 19, 2011, and Aug. 13, 2013, Coe knowingly possessed on a computer disc six files containing video depictions of children whom he reasonably should have known were younger than 18 years old. The children depicted were nude and engaged in sexually oriented acts.

Following the indictment, a warrant was issued for Coe’s arrest and his bail was set at $100,000. Coe was taken into custody Dec. 19, 2013, by Elgin police. He posted $10,000 bond and was released.

The file was impounded by the court until today, when it was unsealed by the court and Coe heard the charges against him.

Judge Hallock set Coe’s next court appearance for 9 a.m. Feb. 19, 2014, for arraignment.

If convicted, Coe faces a sentence of probation or between 18 and 42 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. He also would have to register for life as a sex offender in accordance with the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act.

In June 2013, Coe was charged with one count of criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony, and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony.

According to the charges, between June 10, 2013, and June 14, 2013, Coe, who at the time was the Director of Youth Ministry at First Congregational Church of Dundee, had sexual contact at the church with the victim, who is younger than 18 years old. Coe was in a position of trust and/or authority over the victim when the sexual contact occurred.

Coe has been free on $10,000 bond in that case. His next appearance in the case is scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 19, 2014, in Courtroom 313.

If he is convicted of the most serious charge in the case, Coe faces a sentence of between four and 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. He also would have to register for life as a sex offender in accordance with the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act.

The charges against Coe are not proof of guilt. A defendant charged is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


SOURCE: Kane County State's Attorney's Office

 

 

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