Tuesday, January 13, 2009
PUBLIC INFORMATION ANNOUNCEMENT
For Immediate Release
Release Date: 1-13-09
On-Line Gamer Arrested in Clay County; Federal Case Planned
20-year-old John B. Coe of Denver, Colorado was arrested by Clay County Sheriff's Office investigators and charged with Lewd Battery, Traveling to Meet a Minor and Solicitation of a Child. Coe was caught in the victim's room by the victim's mother here in Clay County. The victim, a young teenage girl, met this suspect while playing an Internet game that allows participants to communicate while on-line.
This is not the first time the suspect has been caught and arrested for targeting a juvenile female on-line. Coe was also arrested by the Glacier County Sheriff's Office in Montana in July 2008 following a similar incident.
Because of Coe's criminal history and because he crossed state lines to locate and sexually batter the victims, his case will be handled at the federal level by the United States Attorneys Office. Both the Glacier County Sheriff's Office and the Clay County Sheriff's Office are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in their respective states to compile and share information on Coe's on-line practices.
Coe's computer and other evidence have been seized by authorities in Montana. Coe remains in the Clay County Jail on $40,000 bond. Please see the attachments for his Clay County booking sheet and mug shot.
As a sidebar to this release of Coe's arrest information, our agency would like to remind parents about the potential dangers and pitfalls of on-line gaming sites. Investigators believe Coe used a gaming site known as mabinogi.nexon.net, but, there are many others that allow game participants to communicate while playing. This case should serve as a reminder that parental monitoring of all Internet activity by underage users in a home is important.
Members of the CCSO Special Victims Unit are available to discuss this case if you have any further questions by calling 904-213-6670.