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Former Avon scout troop leader charged with child molesting, sexual misconduct charges

Police said there are four known victims in the case dating back to 2012.

AVON, Ind. — The Hendricks County Sheriff's Office arrested an Avon scout troop leader on preliminary charges of child molest, sexual misconduct with a minor and vicarious sexual conduct.

Investigators said 47-year-old Kevin Coley, of Jamestown, was booked into the Hendricks County Jail the night of June 22 after being extradited to Indiana from Florida. He is facing 14 felony charges, including vicarious sexual conduct, child molesting and sexual misconduct with a minor.

Coley's arrest resulted from an investigation that was reported to Hendricks County detectives in February 2022, when a man came forward to report that he had been subjected to inappropriate sexual contact by one of his scout troop elders as far back as 2012.

In court documents, one alleged victim said that he was 12 or 13 when the sexual encounters began with Coley and another child. He said that the encounters involved oral and anal sex. When police spoke to the person who was the other child involved, he told them that Coley would reward them for certain acts by allowing them to stay up late or with ice cream. He told police the alleged abuse began when he was 11 or 12 years old.

Coley is also accused of sex acts involving another boy who was just 11 or 12 years old at the time.

Another victim told police he was between 14 and 16 years old when Coley allegedly watched porn with him and other children.

Coley is being held at the Hendricks County Jail with a $100,000 cash bond.

If anyone has any information about this case or knows of any additional incidents involving Coley, they are encouraged to contact Sgt. Chandler at the Hendricks County Sheriff's Office at 317-745-4033.

Coley's trial is initially set for Aug. 30

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