Man Allegedly Enticed Girls on Facebook

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Springfield man is arrested for allegedly using social media to entice underage girls.

Springfield Police received a report last month from a man who said 23-year-old Tyler Coons was sending his 11-year-old daughter messages on Facebook and reportedly telling the girl he was 14.

According to a search warrant affidavit, Coons “has been listed as a suspect or person of interest in several Springfield Police Department cases involving inappropriate acts or conversations with juveniles.”  Police then obtained a search warrant for Coon’s Facebook information and said they found eight-thousand pages of private messages between Coons and girls between the ages of 11 and 17.

Coons is charged with six counts of second-degree statutory rape and four counts of enticement of a child.  All ten alleged crimes are felonies. The rape charges carry a maximum penalty of seven years in prison.  The enticement charges carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a minimum sentence of five year in prison with no chance of parole.

Coons was arrested on July 11 and his bond was originally set at 175-thousand dollars and is now reduced to 100-thousand dollars.

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