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Prosecutors say accused rapist took explicit photos at Amherst day care

Heather Koon

Heather Koon

Prosecutors say a woman accused of molesting toddlers at an Elyria day care took sexually explicit photographs of children in her care at a second facility, Country Day School in Amherst, according to newly released court documents.

Heather Koon is accused of raping four children she was supposed to be caring for at ABC Kidz Child Care Center in Elyria. At the time of her arrest in October, she was employed at Country Day School, 45960 North Ridge Road.

Prosecutors on Thursday filed documents outlining their case against Koon, which includes accusations that she raped four children at ABC Kidz from March 28 through April 2, and that she took obscene photos of a 1-year-old child at ABC Kidz and of a 3-year-old child at Country Day.

Those pictures were then sent to Koon’s fiance, James Osborne, who also is facing several charges related to the rapes, prosecutors said.

Osborne, a registered sex offender, was arrested Sept. 26 at Koon’s home. Police said that at that time, a sexually explicit photo of a preteen was found on his iPhone.

Osborne’s attorney, Mike Duff, has said his client downloaded the picture from the Internet and wasn’t involved in the rapes Koon is accused of committing. Prosecutors say, however, that Koon videotaped the sexual assaults, which allegedly occurred in the employee bathroom of ABC Kidz, and then sent the videos and pictures to Osborne.

According to the documents filed Thursday, prosecutors say Koon tried to erase information on Osborne’s phone with the Find My iPhone application after his arrest, knowing that an investigation had begun.

Michelle Lucas, the owner of Country Day School, said the parent of the child involved in the alleged assault at the school has already been notified, and Country Day School is cooperating with the investigation. She confirmed that Koon was hired in May and worked until her arrest, which she said was the first time she learned of the allegations.

“There were no other children involved,” she said, declining to discuss the investigation further.

Lucas said the school completed a required background check of Koon, who has no criminal history.

Country Day School is an early childhood education program designed for children ages six weeks to 12 years, according to its website.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.

  • HankKwah

    They’re both going to have a hard time saying, “I didn’t do that.”

  • bigmacky

    grab the bleach and a can of gas – gotta really sanitize that gene pool

  • Bob Sweatt

    I wonder if this chick is catholic. She has been passed along to too many daycare centers Like a priest being passed around to churches.

    • Mian

      What an absolutely idiotic, stupid thing to say.

      • Bob Sweatt

        Well DUH, It is a joke. In reference to how all the child raping priests were moved around instead of the church doing anything about it.

      • Bob Sweatt

        It was a joke. It is in reference to how all the child raping priests were moved to other churches, instead of the church actually doing something about them.

  • Tom

    No remorse for these two. Electric chair for both of them, possibly public hanging.

  • Jennifer Williams

    I say hang them both. No one needs to know anymore a video and photos were taken there is the evidence. Burn em at the stake! They are both disgusting individuals who do not deserve to even breathe another day after what they did!

    • Phil Blank

      Slow torture is way better!

  • grannyof6

    How could this have happened in the “employee” bathroom? Where were the other employees? Bob Sweatt, just was does your stupid idiotic comment have to do ‘with the price of tea in China”! If she had no criminal offenses when the background checks were done how was the Day Care’s to know. A lot of people go from job to job. You are just as much as stupid and idiotic as the accused criminals!

    • Bob Sweatt

      It was a joke you moron. I am sure the two day care centers aren’t the only two she has worked at. I bet when this is all said and done. The owners of ABC Kidz will not be the only ones who told the parents to keep quiet. Just because the whole story isn’t out yet doesn’t mean others were not involved. You know just like what happened with the Church when the whole priests scandal came out in the open.

      But I am not going to explain my joke to the simple minded. I will in the future remember who I am dealing with and the mental capacity they have.

    • Bob Sweatt

      Heather Koon is accused of raping four children she was supposed to be caring for at ABC Kidz Child Care Center in Elyria. At the time of her arrest in October, she was employed at Country Day School, 45960 North Ridge Road.

      That paragraph tell me what I said isn’t stupid at all. THEY PEOPLE AT ABC Kidz knew what was going on. That is why they fired her. But why wasn’t the people at Country Day School informed of what she did while she was working at ABC Kidz??

  • Sarah Boesger

    This seriously makes me want to vomit. I have a toddler in daycare. I trust her teachers implicitly to make the right decisions for her. To think of this betrayal of these precious children and their parents’ trust is the most reprehensible of crimes.

  • Mike Litoris

    I hope a big mean broad in prison rips her apart.

    • BITTERCLINGER36

      Let us see what judge she gets first….you never know what Burge can/will do……

  • Bob Sweatt

    WTH. My comment comparing her to catholic priests got deleted. Guess I hit a few nerves with that one.

    How about this one. When are we going to start seeing stories about the dirt bag owners of ABC Kids being charged?? You know the owners who didn’t want any of the parents to say anything about what this sick woman did to their kids??

  • Jennifer Meadows

    dooooooooom to Koon. A disgusting person she can ever be.

  • beety

    There is no rehabilitation for this type of sickness….

  • me101

    She is just as much as a predator as he is, only she didn’t have to register. May the prisons give her and him real justice….

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