February 10, 2016


Hearing waived for boyfriend of day care rape suspect

James Osborne

ELYRIA — James Osborne, who stands accused of asking his girlfriend to rape two children at the day care center where she worked, made a brief appearance in Elyria Municipal Court on Tuesday to waive a preliminary hearing and let complicity to rape and other charges be bound over to a county grand jury. Osborne’s decision Read More…

Heather Koon waives preliminary hearing for rape charges

Heather Koon

ELYRIA — Heather Koon, the day care worker accused of raping two children at ABC Kidz Child Care, waived a preliminary hearing Tuesday and agreed to have the two rape charges she faces bound over to a county grand jury. By waiving the preliminary hearing, in which prosecutors would have been required to present some Read More…

Prosecutors: Heather Koon raped children at request of registered sex offender boyfriend

koon and osborne

ELYRIA – Heather Koon raped children at the Elyria day care center where she worked at the request of her registered sex offender boyfriend, James Osborne, prosecutors said during a court hearing Thursday. “We’re not alleging that (Osborne) actually entered the day care center,” Assistant Lorain County Prosecutor Tony Cillo said. “We have a substantial Read More…

Charges filed against boyfriend of former day care worker

James Osborne

ELYRIA — James Osborne, the registered sex offender boyfriend of jailed day care worker Heather Koon, has been charged with two counts of complicity to rape. Koon, 25, is accused of raping a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old while she was working at ABC Kidz Child Care in March. Lorain County sheriff’s deputies found images on electronic Read More…

Heather Koon’s background investigated for other possible molestation accusations

ELYRIA — Lorain County sheriff’s deputies are investigating whether Heather Koon, the child care worker accused of raping two young children at an Elyria day care center, may have molested other children there or at other centers where she has worked. Chief Deputy Dennis Cavanaugh said Tuesday he couldn’t go into the details of the Read More…

ABC Kidz Child Care enrollment drops in light of sexual abuse allegations

ABC Kidz Child Care, 515 N. Abbe Road, Elyria, saw a drop in attendance Monday after allegations surfaced that a former employee raped two children there. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

By Lisa Roberson and Brad Dicken ELYRIA — In the wake of allegations of children being sexually abused by a former staff member, there were fewer kids than normal checking in Monday at ABC Kidz Child Care on North Abbe Road. For those who remained, it was a tough drop-off. Tabitha Crabtree, the mother of Read More…

Child care employee accused of raping children will remain in jail

koon and osborne

By Brad Dicken and Lisa Roberson ELYRIA  —  Heather Koon, the 25-year-old day care worker facing charges for allegedly raping a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old while she was supposed to be caring for them at ABC Kidz Child Care, will remain in the Lorain County Jail on a $2 million bond, a judge ruled Monday. Read More…