Two guilty in child rape, nude photos case


By Jason Hawk - jhawk@civitasmedia.com



Koon and Osborne


A former Amherst daycare worker has admitted to raping four children under her care to please her boyfriend.

Facing a jury trial next week, Heather Koon of Elyria has entered a guilty plea to felony counts of rape, kidnapping with sexual motivation, and pandering obscene materials involving children.

Those counts stem from the time she was employed at ABC Kidz Child Care in Elyria.

But Koon, 27, also pleaded guilty to felony counts of taking nude photos of two other child victims at Country Day School on North Ridge Road in Amherst, where she took a job after working at ABC Kidz.

She is also guilty of tampering with evidence and corruption, according to Lorain County Court of Common Pleas records.

Koon found herself on the radar of sheriff’s deputies in September 2013 when they showed up at her Elyria home looking for her boyfriend, James Osborne, 37, of Oberlin.

He had started living with Koon but never told authorities —which was required by law since Osborne is a registered tier-two sex offender.

A judge had banned Osborne from Internet access following a child pornography conviction. But Lorain County sheriff’s deputies said they found an explicit picture of a teenage girl on his phone as well as a laptop in his possession.

What investigators found on the laptop was disturbing to say the least: a video showing Koon sexually abusing an infant at Osborne’s urging.

The couple was indicted in October 2013 on a very long list of counts — 40 for Koon and 81 for Osborne. Many of those original counts were dropped to simplify the case, which was to move ahead in a joint trial.

Osborne also backpedaled to a guilty plea on counts of complicity to rape and kidnapping, pandering obscenity involving a child, taking nude photos, corruption, and failing to update his address with authorities as a registered sex offender.

He’s already serving eight years in prison for violating probation in the child porn case.

Both Osborne and Koon face the prospect of 15 years to life behind bars in the Lorain County rape case, possibly without any shot at parole. If they are ever released, they would be labeled as lifetime sexual offenders.

Whether judge James Miraldi will rule they are violent sexual predators remains to be seen.

There are also pending civil suits against Koon and the daycare centers filed by parents of the victims.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.

Koon and Osborne
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By Jason Hawk

jhawk@civitasmedia.com