KCK fire department employee arrested for electronic solicitation of a child

WYANDOTTE COUNTY, Kan. - The Kansas City Fire Department issued a release on Tuesday afternoon about an employee recently put on unpaid administrative leave after being arrested.

While the Unified Government is not confirming the name of the employee, a background search of the fire department has connected Timothy Coffin with Monday afternoon's arrest in Johnson County, Kan.

Coffin was booked on charges of electronic solicitation of a child and 2 counts of sexual exploitation of a child. According to the criminal complaint, he tried to entire or solicit a minor who he believed to be between 14 and 15-years-old to commit an unlawful sexual act.

The first incident happened back in May of 2012. The criminal complaint filed at the time mentions a criminal sodomy violation on that date. The next offense mentioned was back in October of last year involving a minor under the age of 18.

"The Fire Department has been informed by Law Enforcement that an employee has been taken into custody pending criminal charges," a news release said.

On the arrest report, Coffin's address was a residence in Lacynge, Kan., in Linn County although a Wyandotte County Unified Government Official told 41 Action News over the phone that all Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department employees are required to live in Wyandotte County.

41 Action News visited a couple of addresses linked to Coffin, and at one residence, were told Coffin rented a room at the house of another firefighter two years ago. After tracking down that firefighter, he said he had no comment and did not want to get involved.

Coffin turned himself in on Monday, posted bond of $25,000 and is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. on July 23.

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