Court upholds verdict involving sexual abuse case

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Southeast Missourian

The Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District upheld a decision concerning a Perryville, Mo., man convicted on sexual abuse charges.

Daniel Coplin, 37, of Perryville was sentenced in June 2003 in the Circuit Court of Perry County to four consecutive life terms for sexually abusing a girl.

In his appeal, Coplin argued that the trial court erred in failing to intervene on its own accord and declare a mistrial when the prosecutor made certain comments during the closing argument. Coplin did not object at trial, and the issue was not presented in his motion for a new trial. The appeals court stated that it found no error of law and let the sentence stand.

Coplin was found guilty May 14, 2003, by a jury in front of Judge John Heisserer of four of five first-degree statutory sodomy charges. The victim was 9 years old at the time of the abuse which occurred in Coplin's home and was discovered by the child's grandmother.

Coplin is a previously convicted sexual offender and has other convictions for drug and alcohol abuse.

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