Urbana police investigating man with Indiana sex charges

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A man facing criminal charges of sexually molesting a child for a number of years in Indiana is also under investigation in Illinois.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports 61-year-old A. Bernard Coffer lives part time in Urbana and part time in Gary, Indiana.

Coffer was arrested Saturday at an apartment in the Illinois village of Savoy. Indiana authorities have charged him with six felony counts of child molesting. He’s accused of having sexual contact with a child between Jan. 1, 2012, and July 2015.

He has agreed to return to Lake County, Indiana, for prosecution.

Urbana Police Lt. Rich Surles says his department is investigating whether Coffer had inappropriate contact with the same child in Urbana.

Coffer would face up to 40 years in prison if convicted in Indiana.