A Kentucky man has been charged for allegedly drugging and sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl who was having a sleepover with his daughter.
Jerry Coop has been charged with child molestation for the incident that happened in March, according to WDRB. Coop’s daughter allegedly invited two friends, ages 10 and 11, over to have a sleepover. Coop gave the two girls pills, telling them it would help them sleep, and while the 10-year-old threw them away, the 11-year-old took them, according to court documents.
Coop reportedly slept on the floor next to the girls as they had their sleepover, and the 11-year-old told police that “during the night she woke up and Jerry Coop had his hand down her pants touching her.” The 10-year-old corroborated those claims, telling police “she awoke during the night and saw Jerry Coop on top of (the victim). She also saw Coop fondling (the victim's) chest and crotch," according to probable cause affadavit.
Court documents show that Coop was given a lie detector test after the alleged assault and reportedly failed it.
“Coop was tested three times and answered 'no' all three times,” court paperwork reads. “Agent Svara determined that Coop was clearly deceptive on all three tests.”
In court on Monday, Coop claimed that he gave the girls Benadryl and melatonin and asked for testing to be done on the girl’s hair to prove his claims. The judge said that that decision will be left up to his attorney.
Steve Owen, Floyd County Chief Prosecuting Attorney, told WLKY that an investigation is still being conducted.
“It's a very serious case, we have a long road ahead of us in prosecuting this case and it's still an ongoing investigation,” Owen said. “He's facing one of the highest levels that we now have in Indiana, it's a level one for child molesting.”
Coop could face 20 to 40 years in prison if he’s found guilty, and because of the age of the victim, he’d be required to serve at least 75 percent of however many years he’s sentenced to, WDRB reports.
Additionally, Coop has been charged with invasion of privacy after reportedly contacting a different girl last week.
Photo Source: WLKY video screenshot, Floyd County Detention Center