Mother of teen charged with rape facing child sex abuse charges

2014-05-09T19:30:00Z 2014-06-01T13:25:12Z Mother of teen charged with rape facing child sex abuse chargesBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A Laurel woman, the mother of a 19-year-old accused of raping two underage girls, is facing two felony counts of sexual abuse of children for pictures of one of the alleged victims that prosecutors said were found on her phone.

Pamela Fink Coleman, 50, is scheduled to appear in Yellowstone County District Court on Monday morning.

Laurel police arrested Coleman on a $40,000 warrant May 2, according to Detective Jason Wells.

Police began investigating Coleman after she showed a nude photo to a co-worker, who recognized the 14-year-old girl in the photo and contacted law enforcement, according to charging documents.

Prosecutors say Pamela Coleman told her co-worker the photo was taken by her son, Jordan Todd Coleman, who was charged last summer with raping the girl pictured in the photo.

In that case, prosecutors charged Jordan Coleman with inviting a girl, who was 13 at the time, into his home on July 15, 2013, and raping her after she refused his advances. Charging documents state he also had marijuana at his home and later sent the girl text messages threatening to kill her.

On April 7, police executed a search warrant at the Coleman home in the 1100 block of First Avenue North in Laurel and seized the elder Coleman’s cellphone, which contained 11 sexually explicit photos of the underage girl, prosecutors said. The photos were shots of another cellphone screen displaying the sexually explicit images.

Pamela Coleman remains free from jail after posting on $40,000 bond.

Son facing two rape cases, third drug case

In addition to facing a charge that he raped the girl who was the subject of images on his mother’s phone, prosecutors also have charged 19-year-old Jordan Coleman with raping another 14-year-old girl earlier last year.

Between the two cases, Coleman faces two counts of felony sexual intercourse without consent and misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and a violation of privacy in communications.

When police executed a search warrant at his mother’s home in April, they observed more drugs and drug paraphernalia in his bedroom, which prompted them to get a second search warrant.

That search warrant revealed marijuana and multiple items of drug paraphernalia, which led to Jordan appearing in court April 22 and pleading not guilty to a felony charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, or an alternate count of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He remains free from jail after posting bond in all three cases.

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