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Local deacon arrested on new charges related to rape of minor

A former Charlottesville church deacon has again been arrested following addition charges related to sexual crimes against a minor.

According to court records, Richard “Trey” Coe, 35, was directly indicted on eight new charges following a Dec. 20 Charlottesville Circuit Court grand jury hearing. The charges remained sealed until Coe was arrested again on Tuesday.

Coe’s new charges are include four counts of rape of a victim aged less than 13, one count of strangulation, and three counts of sexual battery. The charges relate to incidents occurring in 2012, according to court documents.

In addition to the new charges, Coe also faces two counts of rape, two counts of aggravated sexual battery and one count of strangulation. The certified charges arise from incidents on May 10, 2015 and April 18, 2013, per court records.

Coe is a businessman who also served as a deacon at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Church officials said in May that his arrest is not related in any way to Coe’s church position, the church itself or a church function.

Coe had been released on a $50,000 secured bond following a May 21 hearing in Charlottesville Circuit Court at which he appealed a Juvenile and Domestic Relations judge’s denial of bond. Coe will remain in Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail while he awaits a new bond hearing on the new charges.

During Coe’s last bond hearing his counsel argued he should be released in order to help manage his laundry business. The father of the girl Coe is charged with harming argued that Coe should remain in jail, citing his daughter’s continued treatment and his family’s fear after being separated from much of their support network and church because of ties to Coe.

Ultimately, Circuit Court Judge Humes J. Franklin granted Coe’s bond request, requiring him only to travel to work and to his attorneys’ office.

The new bond hearing is currently set for Jan. 10 in Charlottesville Circuit Court.


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