A Fairfield man was sentenced to 27 years behind bars on Monday after being convicted on child sex abuse charges by a Jefferson County jury back in February. 29 year old Michael Alexander Coon was sentenced on two counts of sexual abuse in the Second Degree, class “B” felonies and one count of child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor that stem from him sexually abusing a young girl when she was aged 6 and 7 starting in 2018.
Coon was ordered to serve 25 years on each count of sexual abuse, running concurrent, however the 2 year term for child endangerment will run consecutive for a total of 27 years behind bars. Coon will be eligible for parole after serving 70% of his sex abuse sentence, provided he successfully completes the Department of Corrections Sex Offender Treatment Program. He will also be subject to a lifetime special parole for sex offenders and placed on the Iowa sex offender registry.
“The State urged the Court to impose a lengthy prison sentence on Mr. Coon since the abuse was shown to be continuous in nature over a substantial period of time against a very young girl. During the course of the investigation, Mr. Coon made statements to the investigating officer that he had himself been the victim of serious sexual abuse when he was a young child. Mr. Coon’s perpetuation of the cycle of abuse makes this case all the more tragic. Hopefully Mr. Coon can obtain treatment for his predilections during the course of his sentence, so that if and when he is eventually released from prison, no more children fall prey to his illicit impulses.” -Jefferson County Attorney Chauncey Moulding.