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FAIRFIELD - A Jefferson County jury found a Fairfield man guilty of sexual abuse in a trial that ended Friday.
Michael Alexander Coon, 29, was found guilty of two counts of sexually abusing a minor girl between the ages of 6 and 7 when residing as a member of her household in 2018 and 2019. According to a news release from the Jefferson County Attorney's Office, the jury handed down its verdict after eight hours of deliberation.
Jefferson County Attorney Chauncey Moulding said that the victim, who is now 8, testified at the trial. She said that Coon, her mother's boyfriend, would enter her room after her mother went to work and place his hands down her pants. She testified that this would happen almost every morning, after which he would get up, go to the door, and announce it was time to go to school, as if nothing had happened.
Moulding said the case constituted one of the most serious types of crimes, while also being one of the most challenging to take to trial since it required the minor victim to 'sit in court with the perpetrator and detail the most traumatic experiences in her short life to a room full of strangers,” he said.
'Furthermore, because of the lack of physical evidence because of a delay in disclosure, it required the jury to render a verdict based primarily on the testimony of one little girl, because in the end, only two people were in the room where it happened, and one of them was the defendant,” Moulding said. 'In this case, the jury believed what the victim had to say.”
After the verdict was read, Coon was taken into custody by the Jefferson County Sheriff. He will be held without bond until sentencing, which is set for April 26. Sexual abuse in the second degree carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 17.5 years. If sentenced consecutively on all charges, Coon could face as many as 52 years behind bars.