September 16, 2014

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James Osborne says Heather Koon acted on her own in day care sex abuse case

James Osborne

James Osborne

Heather Koon

Heather Koon

ELYRIA — Convicted sex offender James Osborne’s attorney wrote in a court filing Monday that his client’s fiancee acted on her own when she allegedly sexually abused children at the day care centers where she worked.

“The Defendant will offer evidence that Co-Defendant Heather Koon perpetrated these crimes of her own volition without the complicity of this Defendant who was not present when Co-Defendant Koon carried out the offenses alleged in Co-Defendant Koon’s indictment,” attorney Mike Duff wrote.

Duff declined to comment on what evidence would show Koon acted alone.

Koon’s attorney, Dan Wightman, however, said that the idea that his client wasn’t spurred on by Osborne doesn’t comport with the evidence, including text messages, that he’s seen.

“The evidence the prosecutor has is overwhelming that she was operating at James Osborne’s direction,” Wightman said.

During an October court hearing, Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Tony Cillo said the investigation hadn’t showed that Osborne was with Koon when she allegedly sexually abused children at ABC Kidz Child Care in Elyria, but he was nevertheless involved.

“We have a substantial amount of evidence showing that he was soliciting and aiding and abetting and they were being done at his behest by phone,” Cillo said in October.

In addition to raping four children at ABC Kidz, Koon is also accused of victimizing a child at the Country Day School in Amherst, where she worked after leaving the Elyria day care center.

Lorain County sheriff’s deputies learned of the abuse after arresting Osborne, a registered sex offender, in September on allegations he was living in Koon’s Elyria home rather than at the Oberlin address he had listed with the county.

During the arrest, deputies seized an iPhone and a laptop computer and discovered images on the electronics of the sexual abuse. Koon was arrested days later.

Koon has pleaded not guilty to the charges and Wightman has previously said that his client’s relationship with Osborne will be a key part of the case.

Osborne has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, and Duff has said his client hears voices.

Both remain incarcerated at the Lorain County Jail, where Osborne has had to deal with several disagreements with fellow inmates, including an incident last week in which another prison threw liquid feces on his cell door.

Koon and Osborne could each receive life prison sentences if convicted of the charges they face.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.


  • golfingirl

    Ahhhh…. how quickly they turn. I love you baby, but…….

    Must have been that “liquid feces” incident.

    Looks like reality has finally set in for Mr. Osborne.

    Doesn’t want to spend the next 30 years dodging human fecal matter.

    Crap being thrown at crap equals one big pile of crap. Better bring in the shovels.

    • Starryeyes63

      Are you picking on the “White” man and woman……. Must be an equal opportunity offender (LOL). Why can’t they understand we don’t like any criminals……

      • golfingirl

        Because it does not fit into their agenda.

        Easier to blame their problems on race, instead of looking at the real causes of the problems they face, like fatherless families.

        • Godfather

          Because of Golfingirl’s attitude I usually don’t respond to her manifestos, but this time I’ll make an exception. But first, I’m going to jump ahead a bit and talk in general terms about how a Golfingirl-controlled culture that cheers on Golfingirl’s suppression of nonconformity, dissent, and other unpopular words is every bit as chilling as one that seeks merely to submerge us in a sea of priggism. Then, I’ll back up and fill in some of the details. Okay, so to start with the general stuff, given the amount of misinformation that she is circulating, I must truly point out that her mentality reminds me of the stereotypical bureaucrat who cannot function unless he can “find it in the manual”. The best example of this, culled from many, would have to be the time she tried to make my worst nightmares come true. In a tacit concession of defeat, she is now openly calling for the abridgment of various freedoms to accomplish coercively what her morally questionable shenanigans have failed at. Golfingirl is a polarizing figure. Empty-headed jackanapes love her because she promotes producing precisely the alienation and conflict needed to pervert the course of justice. The rest of us have the opposite opinion, that Golfingirl has compiled an impressive list of grievances against me. She lies. Want to know how to tell if she is lying? Simple. If her mouth moving, she is lying.

          • Simon Jester

            “Normally, I don’t respond…”

            Yeah, bull.

            You’ve got issues. You’ve typed PARAGRAPHS of nonsense fixating on “golfingirl”, spanning the comment sections of the last 3 articles I’ve read .

            Golfingirl, watch your six, I believe you’ve got a stalker.

          • golfingirl

            Yeah, he pretends like he hates me, but truth is, he is in love with me….laughing.

    • Godfather

      Golfingirl’s sentiments are so rife with ignorance, erroneous information, and poorly conceived notions of interventionism that I hardly know where to begin. Even disregarding obvious errors like her insistence that every word that leaves her mouth is teeming with useful information, the fallacies of her claims are glaring to those of us who have educated ourselves about the implications of moral relativism. Unless you share my view that she really seems to be fond of concocting new ways to reduce human beings to the status of domestic animals, there’s no need for you to hear me further. All such combinations of audacity with ignorance would be supremely ridiculous but for one consideration: A person who wants to get ahead should try to understand the long-range consequences of his/her actions. Golfingirl has never had that faculty. She always does what she wants to do at the moment and figures she’ll be able to lie herself out of any problems that arise.

      I want my life to count. I want to be part of something significant and lasting. I want to preach a message of community and brotherly love. Now that this letter is over, I pray that my logic and passion have convinced you that a contumacious mentality and a bilious sense of Jacobinism create fertile soil for licentious social outcasts to promote Golfingirl’s oleaginous substitute for morality, which defines as costive any attempt to provide some balance to Golfingirl’s one-sided opinions.

      • Simon Jester

        troll, troll, troll..

    • bdid.d

      Liquid feces is always a game changer! Lol

      • golfingirl

        Just feel sorry for the staff who have to clean it up.

        I hope they give James a mop soon so he can clean up the mess he caused.

  • Pablo Jones

    This can all be solved real quickly. Just leave their cell door open.

    • Guest

      Rehabilitation. Say it loud.

    • Simon Jester

      One big room. The 2 perves, and all the victim’s relatives.

      Just have the police drag their feet a bit getting there, justice won’t take long to be served.

  • LGD

    Voices, osborne said he hears voices?, must be the voices of the inmates waiting for him to get back in prison.

  • golfingirl

    Am I the only one here who thinks The Godfather is a little strange??

  • golfingirl

    Repost:

    Nearly all Godfather’s ramblings are pieces of garbage copied from anime, punk rock and video game articles.

    Anime League, YouMacon2013, Kanye West Forum etc……they are all there.

    Word for word, a cut here, a paste there. Just insert another name and hit the “post” button.

    Simple plagiarism, nothing more. Pretty obvious by the fragmented sentences, and lack of coherency.

    Seems this is not the first board he has committed this fraud on. He spews this everywhere, until he is discovered, and then moves on.

    He has contributed absolutely nothing to any specific topic at hand. That would require independent thinking on his part, which he obviously is not capable of. He writes the same thing, on multiple boards, regardless of topic. This article is a perfect example of that.

    He wants you to disagree with him, so he can respond with the same rote reply. Not sure why this excites him, but he obvious “gets off” on it. Must feel it makes him intellectually superior, but it really only serve to show his true stupidity.

    I propose we no longer read, and definitely not respond, to this trash any longer.

    So long Godfather…

  • bdid.d

    Nice he blames it all on her…they are both guilty! I hope he gets double @$$ whoopins for this bia bia cop out…

  • me101

    Yes, let the convicted child molester go free. HA! He just found a way around, so he thinks.I bet the girlfriend isn’t to blame either. They should get long sentences.

  • roger

    The thing yall dont understand is black or white criminal the only ones one here judging people are you lepers……you see any black people on this white man article judging him? Nope because we dont do that. Only you lepers

    • golfingirl

      Roger that!

      And exactly how do you know the race of all the posters here?

      I think you are the one passing judgement that everyone is white.

      So how do you know, is it a special gift you have received from you very special God?

      • stillsleepyeyes

        it’s godfathers follower………….knows all………….and speaks in foreign tung……………….lmao

        • golfingirl

          More like foreign “dung.”

          • roger

            Clever

        • roger

          So lame…..I squashed you yesterday and you stfu. Then once your buddy chimed in you started speaking again. Talk about follower lol. You two are on every single pic together lol. Miss me with that crap. You see me and ol boy working together? Me anddude have never even spoken or commented on the same thing. Yet im the follower lol yeah ok

          • stillsleepyeyes

            I’m sorry you misinterpreted, my not responding to you yesterday……………..as so if I don’t responded doesn’t mean you have won or I stfu………………..it simply means your not worth the time.

          • roger

            Lol yeah right because not the minute but the very second your buddy started commenting you jumped back into the conversation. Probably called her lol. Hahaha you are fake…..weak……and a follower

          • golfingirl

            Yeah Roger, we are just ganging up on you.

            Paranoid much?

          • golfingirl

            Strong language for such a “religious” man….don’t ya think?

      • roger

        And I know because its in the nature of you pink leprous cave dwelling monkey’s

        • golfingirl

          I like pink.

          Cave exploring is fun.

          I like leopards, love their little spots.

          And monkeys are so cute.

          Thank you for all the complements!

          You definitely made my day!

      • roger

        And you can speak bad about God all you want. The one you are speaking of is the one of my forefathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. So when you are speaking down on MY SPECIAL GOD just know that is the one you are speaking of. Your soul not mine

        • golfingirl

          No, I am speaking about YOU!

    • Pablo Jones

      The areas with the most crime and murder rates are usually in the areas where people don’t judge other people. They don’t judge them for being in gangs, stealing, having multiple kids they don’t take care of, etc, etc. They only care when something happens to them. That is what happens when there are no morals or standards.

      Before you jump the gun, it isn’t a racial thing or anything else, it applies to everyone across the board. You may think people making these judgments do it because they think they are better than those they are judging, but that isn’t the case. They usually are in a better position in life because they have made those judgments on right and wrong and where judged by others growing up and have bettered themselves because of it.