U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Kentucky
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May 14, 2015

Evansville, Indiana Man Charged with Transportation of an Owensboro, Kentucky Minor to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity

BOWLING GREEN, KY—An Evansville, Indiana man was detained and remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals following a detention hearing yesterday, before Magistrate Judge H. Brent Brennenstuhl, on charges of the transportation of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity, announced Acting United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

Zachery Andrew Coleman, age 27, was arrested on May 5, 2015, on federal charges, following an investigation by members of the Daviess County, Kentucky Sheriff’s Office (DCSO), the Evansville, Indiana Police Department and the FBI. According to an Affidavit in support of the Criminal Complaint, on or about February 6, 2015, a minor female of twelve years of age, left her residence in Owensboro, Kentucky with Coleman, was taken to the defendant’s home in Evansville, Indiana, and was returned to the minor’s residence the next day. Coleman is alleged to have engaged in criminal sexual activity with the minor during that time. According to the Affidavit, Coleman communicated with the minor on a social networking site called Mylol and allegedly sent sexually explicit messages to the minor using the screen name Swisher812. Conversations obtained via a search of the minor’s computer show Coleman arranged to pick up the minor at the minor’s home for the purposes of transporting the minor to engage the child in illegal sexual activities.

If convicted at trial, Coleman faces a statutory mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, and supervised release of not less than five years and not more than life. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney A. Spencer McKiness, and is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with assistance from the Daviess County, Kentucky Sheriff’s Office, and the Evansville, Indiana Police Department.

The indictment of a person by a Grand Jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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