VERSAILLES — A man facing more than 80 charges relating to possession of child pornography will not have his pretrial bond revoked despite having a brief conversation with the teenage girl whose nude photographs were found on his computer.
A prosecutor sought to revoke the $85,000 pretrial bond for Nathan G. Coleman, 38, during a Thursday hearing because a condition of the bond was that Coleman was to have no contact with the victim.
But Woodford Circuit Court Judge Paul Isaacs said there wasn't evidence that Coleman knew that he would run into the victim during a trip to get ice cream at Dairy Queen in Versailles. The victim was working there May 5 when Coleman and his nephew drove up to the drive-thru window in Coleman's gold S10 pickup truck.
Coleman is charged with 78 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and seven counts of distribution of such matter. He was arrested last year at a relative's home in Pike County, where he now lives.
Forensic examiners with the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crimes Branch said they found sexually explicit images of prepubescent children as well as nude photos and videos of the Versailles girl on Coleman's computer.
In a statement to the sheriff's office, the girl alleged that Coleman engaged in conversation with her. "So this is where you work, wow," he allegedly told the girl, according to her statement, Woodford County Sheriff Wayne "Tiny" Wright testified Thursday. Coleman later told the girl "See you around," and then drove off after getting his drive-thru order, Wright testified.
Wright said there were also reports that Coleman had been seen driving by where the girl lived.
In his testimony, Coleman said he and his nephew went to Dairy Queen to get ice cream for relatives. Coleman, a carpenter, said he was in Versailles to give his sister an estimate for wood flooring; the sister testified that was true.
Coleman said he didn't know the girl worked at Dairy Queen and didn't know where she lived. He said the girl exclaimed, "What the hell are you doing here?" when she initially saw him at the drive-thru.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Lee Greenup asked for Coleman's bond to be revoked. But defense attorney Scott Getsinger argued that the Dairy Queen encounter was "an inadvertent meeting."
Judge Isaacs agreed. However, he added a new condition that Coleman is to stay out of Woodford County except for court appearances.