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Judge Sets Sex Charges Bail At $350K For Former Maypearl Police Chief

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WAXAHACHIE (CBSDFW.COM) - A former North Texas police chief woke up in jail Thursday morning, after being arrested and charged for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl.

With former Maypearl Chief Kevin Coffey in the Ellis County Jail, investigators are now hoping any other victims, or individuals who know about victims, will come forward.

Coffey was placed on administrative leave with pay on July 13 and Texas Rangers arrested him at his home on Wednesday.

Coffey was arraigned at 7:25 Thursday morning. The judge set his bonds at $100,000 each for the charges of Indecency with a Child by Contact, Sexual Performance by a Child and Sexual Assault of a Child. Bond for the Indecency with a Child by Exposure charge was set at $50,000 -- bringing Coffey's total bond amount to $350,000.

City of Maypearl officials have also called a special session for July 25 regarding the former police chief. The exact agenda isn't known, but leaders could name a new or interim chief at the meeting.

According to officials, Coffey had allegedly been carrying on a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl. It was reportedly a relationship that involved the 49-year-old man exposing himself, having online video chats with and sexually touching the teen. In at least one situation the former Chief allegedly grabbed the girl's hair and kissed her before inappropriately touching her.

Another young woman, Brittanie Lyon, says Coffey would send her inappropriate text messages, massage her back and say things that made her uncomfortable.

After hearing about Coffey's arrest, Lyon, who was once a volunteer at the Maypearl Police Department, began to question herself. "I've been alone with him in his office. I've been alone with him out patrolling at nighttime, for hours. And I'm like 'what if something would have happened?'"

According to the Waxahachie Daily Light newspaper, jail officials have Coffey separated from other inmates, but he is not getting any special treatment.

The Texas Rangers, Texas Attorney General's Office Child Exploitation Unit and Ellis County District Attorney's Office are all a part of the investigation.

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