OZARK, Mo. -- A family in Christian County is shocked and devastated, saying a close family friend took advantage of their young daughter. That man is behind bars.
Brenton Coffelt had been the coach of a young girls basketball league in Ozark. That league is not affiliated with Ozark schools. He is also a business owner.
A grand jury handed up an indictment. Coffelt is charged with statutory sodomy, enticement of a child, and second degree child molestation. The victim is under the age of 14. Coffelt pleaded not guilty.
According to court documents, Coffelt became friends with the girl’s family members through the team. He gave the girl two cell phones so he could secretly communicate with her. He eventually had sexual contact with her.
Coffelt attorneys asked for a reduction in his $75,000 bond. Attorneys say he needs to be able to operate his business, Coffelt Irrigation.
We learned Coffelt has a young daughter of his own, about the same age as his victim. That posed concerns by the state of letting Coffelt be on house arrest for the time being. The judge ruled against the request.
Even though Coffelt a the coach of a girls basketball team and had access to a lot of young girls, this is the only accusation.