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Family says 12-year-old victim 'depressed and sad' after alleged molestation at sleepover

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The family of a 12-year-old girl says they are fighting for justice after the father of one of her friends was arrested for molestation. The family of a 12-year-old girl says they are fighting for justice after the father of one of her friends was arrested for molestation.
Jerry K. Coop (Source: Floyd County Detention Center) Jerry K. Coop (Source: Floyd County Detention Center)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The family of a 12-year-old girl says they are fighting for justice after the father of one of her friends was arrested for molestation. The family claims the same thing he is accused of happened to their relative. 

The Floyd County Sheriff's Department has been investigating the incident. The family says they were notified by Child Protective Services that there was investigation into Jerry Coop. That's when they asked their relative -- who had remained quiet because she was scared.

“She's really depressed and sad, she has her moments, her good days and bad,” a family member said.

But now, Jerry Coop is charged with child molestation for a case that dates back to March. Investigators say he drugged and molested an 11-year-old young girl at a sleepover. A 10-year-old girl who was also at the sleepover says she witnessed it.

Court documents say Coop gave the girls pills like Benadryl and Melatonin to help them sleep when they were spending the night at his home in Georgetown with his daughter.

The 11-year-old says Coop slept next to her on a mattress in the living room with his daughter nearby. When the 11-year-old woke up, she says coop was molesting her and a 10-year-old girl says she witnessed it.

“I feel sad for all the kids, nobody should have to go through this,” another relative said.

Investigators say the Secret Service gave Coop a polygraph test, asking if he touched the three girls. He said no, but the agent said he was "clearly deceptive on all three tests."

His mother says she believes that Coop is innocent, but she says he does admit to giving the two girls over-the-counter sleep medicine and the 12-year-old medication to help her mourn the loss of her mother who died last year.

“She's been through so much and to have to go through everything from her mom to this -- we don't know how to deal with it,” a relative said.

The family says Coop would buy their relative elaborate gifts like a cell phone, clothes and shoes. The girl's relative said Coop even took her on a trip, but he says he put a stop to all that when the investigation began. They say there were numerous incidents.

“She had woken up in the middle of the night and he was on top of her,” a family member recalled. “She was too scared to say anything so she pretended to be asleep. She says she couldn't stay awake so she passed back out.”

In court, Coop pleaded not guilty to violating an EPO where he is accused of reaching out to one of the alleged victims on Facebook.

More: Floyd County man accused of drugging and sexually abusing 11-year-old

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