DONALD SCOTT COLEMAN FLED FROM PH BEFORE BEING CHARGED!
BY JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2018 Journal GlobaLink)
CHICAGO (JGL) – A 64-year-old family man from Chicago, Illinois' suburban Elgin has been sentenced by the U.S. District Court of Illinois in Chicago to 15
years in federal prison for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old child in the Philippines.
Donald Scott Coleman had repeatedly and sexually assaulted the child while visiting the child's mother in the Philippines in the fall of 2012. Coleman met the mother online thru a dating website and had visited and stayed with her and her child in the Philippines on several occasions.
A federal grand jury in Chicago indicted Coleman in March 2016 on a charge of traveling in foreign commerce and engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, and he pleaded guilty to the offense last year.
U.S. District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber imposed the sentence last Nov. 15 which was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Jeffrey S. Sallet, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Substantial assistance was provided by the Elgin Police Department and the Philippine National Police.
“Other U.S. citizens considering traveling to foreign countries to engage in sexual activity with minors need to understand that if they engage in such conduct, it will not go unnoticed,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Erika L. Csicsila argued in the government’s sentencing memorandum. “It will not be tolerated. Rather, it will be met with swift and significant punishment by our criminal justice system.”
The investigation revealed that Coleman knew and, at times, cared for the child during visits to the Philippines from 2009 to 2012 to see the child’s mother. Coleman repeatedly assaulted the victim during a multiple-month visit in the fall of 2012. The victim suffered severe emotional and physical harm as a result of Coleman’s conduct.
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According the government's sentencing memorandum, because Coleman is a repeat child sex offender, it had recommended a sentence of from 210 months (17.5 years) up to 262 months (21.8 years).
Coleman's “brutal assaults on Minor A deserve serious punishment, and the community needs to be protected from him,” according to the sentencing memorandum.
Sometime in 2008, Coleman, a U.S. citizen living in Elgin, began dating his girlfriend, Individual B, a Filipina living in the Philippines, after meeting her thru an online dating service.
After their meeting online, Coleman travelled to the Philippines four times from 2009 and 2012, each time staying for several months.
Coleman, who was previously convicted of aggravated criminal sexual assault against his minor daughter, stayed with Individual B and her minor child, Minor A. On defendant's final trip in the fall of 2012, defendant sexually assaulted and raped Minor A on no less than five occasions.
ASSAULTS TOOK PLACE WHILE MOTHER WAS AWAY
On each occasion, Coleman assaulted Minor A while Individual B was away. On one occasion, Coleman and Minor A were watching television inside Individual B's bedroom when Coleman pulled down his boxer shorts and pulled Minor A's underpants aside and inserted his penis into Minor A's vagina. On another occasion, Coleman inserted his penis into Minor A's mouth while defendant and Minor A watched television. On a third occasion, Coleman and Minor A were lying on Individual B's bed and defendant inserted his penis into Minor A's rectum. Defendant knew that Minor A was 11 years old when these sexual assaults occurred, according to sentencing memorandum.
At the time the assaults were happening, Individual B was unaware of the assaults, but she became increasingly suspicious because of changes she perceived in her daughter's behavior, inappropriate behavior she observed between Coleman and Minor A, and after finding a letter from Coleman to Minor A that contained references to sexual conduct.
When Individual B confronted Coleman and Minor A about her suspicions, they both denied anything inappropriate was going on.
CHILD SPILLED THE BEANS
Minor A, however, eventually reported the sexual assault.
While Philippine authorities were investigating the assaults, Coleman returned to the United States in April 2013, prior to any charges being filed by Philippine authorities.
On March 22, 2017, Coleman pleaded guilty to the indictment, which charged him with traveling “in foreign commerce, from the United States to the Philippines, and knowingly engages in illicit sexual conduct with another person, Minor A, a person less than 18 years of age.” He faced a maximum penalty of 30 years' imprisonment.
Coleman's conduct was described as deplorable as he had known Minor A when she was between eight and eleven years old and he even cared for her only to repeatedly sexually assault her multiple times.
The sentencing memorandum said when Coleman vaginally and anally raped Minor A, they caused the 11-year-old girl “immense physical pain.” Nor were the assaults lapses of judgments because his heinous acts were performed on Minor A when she was alone at night, or when her mother was working.
Coleman manipulated Minor A by writing her a letter that she was “beautiful woman” that he purportedly “love(d) her so much,” that he “need(ed) her,” and that he “want[ed] her always.”
URGED CHILD TO KEEP SECRET FROM HER MOTHER
He encouraged Minor A to keep his actions a secret from her mother, further isolating his young victim. He promised that she would enjoy a sexual relationship with him if they continued to spend time alone, a promise by a person who previously served a father figure to her.
After robbing her of her innocence and her trust at a time when she was “young, vulnerable and impressionable,” Coleman caused Minor A to live in “fear of the defendant” and she became depressed and her behavior to others was affected.
When Coleman's conduct was exposed, Minor A was removed from the custody of her mother and resided in a group home for two years. There, she received therapy and talked with social workers but only saw her mother three times a year. She thought about suicide and blamed herself for Coleman's actions.
In her impact statement, Minor A said she has now “difficulty trusting others. She is fearful of being in front of others due to the publicity her case received in the Philippines, and she has been bullied by peers who cruelly spread rumors and call her a prostitute. She still suffers from nightmares about the defendant.”
The government recommended that Coleman restitute the victim with $4,700 for psychiatric care and for the “victim's losses,” which include past or future costs incurred by the victim for medical services related to physical, psychiatric, or psychological care, physical and occupational therapy or rehabilitation, and other losses as proximate result of the offense.
In 1988, Coleman was arrested for and pled guilty to having fondled his then eight-year-old daughter's breasts while masturbating. For that conduct, Coleman received three years' imprisonment.
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