Georgetown, IN, man found guilty in child molestation case

Georgetown, IN, man found guilty in child molestation case
Jerry Coop (Source: Floyd County jail)
Jerry Coop (Source: Floyd County jail)

BY ELIZABETH DEPOMPEI
News and Tribune

NEW ALBANY - The Georgetown man accused of molesting two 11-year-old girls was found guilty Thursday.

Family of the victims hugged each other and cried as Floyd County Superior Court No. 1. Judge Susan Orth read the verdict. The decision came after more than two days of testimonies and roughly four hours of deliberation.

"We're extremely happy and I thank all the jurors for what they've done," the stepmother of one of the victims said following the verdict.

Jerry Coop, 43, was originally charged with five felony counts of child molesting following an investigation that began in 2015. The charges involve two victims and span 2014 and early 2015. One charge was dismissed Thursday morning per the request of Deputy Prosecutor Steve Owen. Owen said he felt obligated to dismiss the charge after the victim testified that she had lied about that particular instance.