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Quincy man found guilty of sexual abuse at home daycare

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James E. Coons James E. Coons
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

A Quincy man will serve time in prison after a jury found him guilty yesterday of sexual abuse.

James E. Coons, 62, was found guilty on four counts including committed predatory sexual assault, attempted predatory sexual abuse, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of a child.

Assistant State's Attorney Anita Rodriguez says Coons was accused of sexually abusing a girl who attended the daycare he and his wife operated in northwest Quincy.

The abuse occurred multiple times during a five-year period while the child was between the ages of seven and 12. Coons was accused of abusing the girl in the home's garage.

The trial began Monday and a total of nine people testified including the defendant's wife who said she never saw Coons take any children into the garage. She did, however, admit that she left him alone with children on numerous occasions to run errands.

In addition to the victim, a second woman testified that she was also abused by Coons prior to 2001.

Coons is scheduled to be sentenced October tenth and faces up to 30 years in prison.

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