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Child porn charges filed against former W. Dundee youth pastor

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – Additional charges of possessing child pornography were announced Friday against a former youth minister at a church in West Dundee, officials said.

Chad A. Coe, 32, of the 500 block of Dundee Avenue, Elgin, was indicted Dec. 19 by a Kane County grand jury on six felony counts of child pornography.

Circuit Judge James C. Hallock unsealed the indictments, according to a statement released by Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon.

“He has pleaded not guilty,” said Coe’s attorney, D.J. Tegeler. “Everyone is presumed innocent, and he is professing his innocence.”

According to the indictments, between Sept. 19, 2011, and Aug. 13, 2013, Coe knowingly possessed six files on a computer disc containing video depictions of children whom he reasonably should have known were younger than 18 years old. 

The children depicted were nude and engaged in sexually oriented acts, officials said.

Coe has been released since his arrest Dec. 19 after posting  $10,000, or 10 percent of a $100,000 bond. His next court date is scheduled for Feb. 19. If convicted, Coe faces a sentence of probation or between 18 and 42 years in prison.

In June, Coe was charged with criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse, both felonies, according to the charges. He was released after posting $10,000 on that case.

At the time, Coe was director of youth ministry at the First Congregational Church of Dundee, in West Dundee, when he allegedly had sexual contact with the victim, who is younger than age 18. Coe was in a position of trust and/or authority over the victim when the sexual contact occurred, officials said.

The felonies carry penalties of three to 15 years in prison, and he would have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life if convicted.

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