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ELLIS COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas police chief has been put on administrative leave while investigators look into his contact and interactions with an underage girl.
Maypearl Police Chief Kevin Coffey is being investigated for five separate allegations involving the child. They include official oppression, misuse of official information, online solicitation of a minor, stalking and harassment and tampering with evidence.
Parents of the now 16-year-old girl say Coffey made contact with teen by cell phone and in person for more than two years. When interviewed the girl said Coffey first contacted her on Facebook when she was 14-years-old.
During one of their in person meetings, the teen says Coffey invited her to City Hall, allowed her in his office and allowed her to view police files, citations and dash-cam video of officer’s traffic stops. While during those visits, the girl said Coffey made comments like:
“Your ass is getting big.”
“I would like to smack our ass.”
“You have a nice body.”
“You have nice boobs.”
The girl also said Coffey sent her Snapchat photos of him holding handcuffs with the caption, “One of the days… hahaha.”
Forensic examiners looked at two cell phones retrieved from the teen and found Facebook Messenger between the two. Their notes say some of Coffey’s messages were of a “possible sexual nature” such as:
“I’ll cuff u and put u on the hood again and smack that ass lol.”
“Had a nice spot picked out to stop you and everything lol.”
The girl further alleged that when Coffey wanted to see her he would flash the lights of his Maypearl patrol car at her window, at night, to get her to come outside. The girl claims that not only does Coffey wait outside her house, for her to leave, so he can pull her over, but that he is currently having interactions with five other juvenile females.
As part of the investigation search warrants were executed on July 11, at the Maypearl Police Station and Chief Coffey’s personal apartment in Grandview. Investigators seized computers, cell phones, and thumb drives from the locations.
Coffey’s next door neighbor, Jessie Williams says he watched state investigators swarm their duplex Saturday.
“I look outside the window and see cops with AR15s and battering rams,” said Williams. “I was curious what it was about.”
At a city council meeting Monday night, several residents blamed the mayor for putting him in office.
“Best thing for her (the Mayor) to do is step down,” said one man.
The Texas Rangers, Texas Attorney General’s Office Child Exploitation Unit and Ellis County District Attorney’s Office are all assisting the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation into Coffey.
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