Ellis County Police Chief Testifies That He Has No Idea Why Girls Say He Molested Them

A former police chief accused of having sexual relationships with teenagers took the witness stand in his defense Thursday, denying his three accusors' accounts and saying he didn't know why they came forward as his victims.But prosecutors were quick to point out that Kevin Coffey wrote letters to several people from jail and asked them to convince one of his alleged victims to recant her story so the charges against him could be dropped.Coffey was the police chief in Maypearl, a city of roughly 900 people in Ellis County, when he was arrested on charges of sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child in 2015. Authorities believe he led on several teenage girls, some of whom came forward after seeing news reports about his arrest.One of Coffey's alleged victims was the daughter of a wastewater management worker who visited City Hall with her dad as a 14-year-old. She testified earlier this week that she had shown Coffey her breasts over Skype and that he would stick his hands down her pants when they met in his office at the Maypearl Police Department inside City Hall.Another girl worked at her family's business in Maypearl and testified that Coffey sexted her when she was 14.  Continue reading...

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