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Ex-lawyer convicted of child-sex crimes facing new charges


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Police say a former Ottawa lawyer sentenced two years ago for molesting a six-year-old girl is facing new charges.

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In a news release, the Ottawa Police Service police said John David Coon, 58, was arrested Thursday on five counts of breaching court conditions.

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The conditions require him to not be in contact or communication with anyone under the age of 16, police said.

When sentenced in 2020, Coon was banned for 10 years from being anywhere near places where children gather — playgrounds, pools and schools.

A sample of his DNA was also be taken for the national data bank and he’ll be listed on the sex-offender registry for 10 years.

In the release, the OPS sexual assault and child abuse unit said there is concern that there may have been more breaches of his release conditions.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the sex assault and child abuse unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944.

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Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca.

Coon fled the country in 2014, a month before Ottawa police came calling.

For five years, he lived as a fugitive in Thailand and taught at a children’s school.

He was arrested in Bangkok and returned to Ottawa under police escort in 2019.

He pleaded guilty to sexual interference in April 2020.

In 1991, Coon pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a girl, but was granted a conditional discharge, which meant he was spared a criminal record after 15 months probation.

Though the Ontario Law Society knew about his child-sex crime history, Coon was granted a licence and went on to specialize in child-protection law.

The court heard that a mitigating factor at sentencing was that Coon pleaded guilty and spared his victim and her family from testifying at trial.



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