Daycare molester sentenced to life

By Jason Hawk -



Heather Koon will spend the rest of her life in a prison jumpsuit.

The former daycare worker, 28, was sentenced Tuesday by judge James Miraldi to life without parole for raping and molesting children while an employee at ABC Kidz in Elyria — apparently on the orders of her boyfriend, a tier-two sex offender.

She also took an inappropriate photo a 16-month-old child while working at Country Day School in Amherst.

A manager at the Amherst daycare who declined to give her name said she was “glad (Koon) got what she deserved.”

The manager said Koon never molested children at Country Day School but did not want to provide further comment.

Parents of the victims delivered powerful statements before Miraldi, one calling Koon a monster who caused lasting trauma for her child, forever stealing her innocence.

Koon and boyfriend James Osborne, 37, of Oberlin, were indicted in late 2013.

Osborne, a registered sex offender, had been arrested for failing to change his address with the county sheriff’s office when he started living with Koon.

Following a child pornography conviction, he was banned from Internet access. Deputies who went looking for him at Koon’s home in Elyria found an explicit photo of a teenage girl on his phone. On a laptop they discovered a video of Koon sexually abusing an infant at Obsborne’s urging.

Osborne, already imprisoned for violating probation, pleaded guilty to complicity to rape and kidnapping, pandering obscenity involving a child, taking nude photos, corruption, and failing to update his address with authorities.

Now he is serving four consecutive life sentences.

A week ahead of trial, Koon pleaded guilty in July to counts of rape, kidnapping with sexual motivation, and pandering obscenity involving a minor related to four child victims at ABC Kidz.

She also pleaded guilty to illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material — the fifth victim at Country Day School — as well as tampering with evidence and corruption, according to Lorain County Court of Common Pleas records.

Miraldi did not name Koon a sexually violent predator as part of the sentencing. Afterward, she was taken to the Lorain County Jail.

In the meantime, a civil suit against ABC Kidz has been settled. Another against Country Day School, filed by the victim’s mother, is pending with a jury trial scheduled for Aug. 1, 2017.

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


By Jason Hawk