Former Maypearl Police Chief Kevin Coffey argued that an Ellis County jury sentence following his conviction in 2017 was “grossly disproportionate to the crime and inappropriate to the offender,” according to court records. The 10th Court of Appeals roundly disagreed on June 19 and affirmed Coffey’s 40 year sentence.
Jurors in the 433rd District Court on Feb. 17, 2017 found Coffey guilty on charges of sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child and sentenced him to 20 years on each with the charges to run consecutively.
Coffey, 53, also faces charges in Johnson County though, in light of the appellate court affirming his 40-year sentence, those charges will likely not be pursued, Johnson County District Attorney Dale Hanna said on Monday.
Coffey still, however, faces charges of indecency with a minor in Hill County.
Coffey went to work for the Maypearl Police Department in 2010 and promoted to chief in 2013. Before that he worked for police departments in Grandview, Rio Vista, Tolar, Hudson Oaks, Italy and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
Coffey’s 2017 trial related to the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl.
That girl, along with several other girls and one woman, testified during the 2017 trial that Coffey lured them in by making them feel special, according to The Dallas Morning News. Prosecutors also presented evidence of child pornography on Coffey’s computer, some of the pictures of which were images of girls he met during his time as a police officer.
“Well, yeah, I guess that I am,” Coffey responded during his trial when a prosecutor asked if he was a pervert, according to The Dallas Morning News.
The Ellis County charges involved a 16-year-old girl who told her parents she had been in contact with Coffey since she was 14.
The contacts occurred in person, via telephone and social media, according to affidavits detailing those charges, and occurred while Coffey was serving as Maypearl’s police chief.
The girl in that case told investigators that Coffey contacted her on Facebook when she was 14 and later gave her a tour of the police department, allowing her to view police records and videos of traffic stops.
The girl told investigators that Coffey has made numerous sexual remarks to her, messaged her almost daily and is touchy around her, according to the affidavit.
The girl told investigators that she believes Coffey was waiting until she was 17 to have sex with her. She said she used to smoke marijuana and that Coffey enjoyed seeing her stoned.
The girl added that Coffey was communicating with five other teenage girls, according to the affidavit.