Former Jackson police officer pleads guilty to obstruction by attempting to hide relationship with minor

Published 2:57 pm Thursday, January 21, 2021

A former Jackson police officer pleaded guilty to obstruction of a federal investigation by trying to conceal his relationship with a minor female.

Mark Coleman, 57, pleaded guilty Thursday before United States District Judge Tom S. Lee.

Officials say that Coleman destroyed and concealed text messages and images of a minor female, after Coleman learned that the 16-year-old female with whom he had a relationship had been reported as a runaway. Coleman attempted to delete text messages and images of the female from his phone in an attempt to prevent federal investigators from connecting him to the runaway.

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His attempt at concealing his relationship failed, and Coleman was arrested.

He was charged in a federal criminal indictment on July 14, 2020.

Coleman’s sentencing hearing is set for April 29, 2021.  He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Glenda R. Haynes is prosecuting the case.