Coleman Makes Initial Court Appearance - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Jackson 12/10/04

Coleman Makes Initial Court Appearance

By David Kenney
david@wlbt.net

The Jackson police officer wanted in connection with the rape of a teen is now in police custody. Officer Perry Coleman turned himself in at police headquarters Thursday evening. He made his first appearance before a judge Friday, shielded from cameras.

As Officer Perry Coleman was brought into municipal court for his initial appearance, four Jackson police officers blocked access to get video of his arrival and departure. Normally, cameras are given all access to the parking lot where offenders are brought into the courtroom. These actions came after a statement from Chief Robert Moore indicating that Coleman would not receive any special treatment because he was a member of their department.

"As Police Chief Robert Moore said yesterday, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. The judicial process will make this case as it will in every case, and no one receives any special treatment from the Jackson Police Department," stated Jackson Police spokesperson Robert Graham.

During his court appearance, bond was denied for Perry Coleman, who has been put on administrative leave with pay. Coleman is now officially charged with statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl, who he was mentoring through the Jackson Police Explorers Program.

The family of the alleged victim, who were in court Friday morning, would only say they were pleased to hear of his arrest.

The Jackson Police Department would not release a mug shot of Perry Coleman after he was booked in.

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