Oklahoma City, OK – A local minister was badly beaten on Wednesday by the father of a little boy whom he’d touched inappropriately several times at a school bus stop.
The incident occurred after the nine-year-old boy told his parents that the man – later identified as 33-year-old Michael Eric Coghill – had touched him in a manner that made him uncomfortable, The Oklahoman reported.
The child told his parents that Coghill would regularly stop by the bus stop while he was out jogging and had touched him more than once, KFOR reported.
So, on Sept. 23, police said the boy’s father parked his car nearby and monitored the bus stop, according to KWTV.
He filmed a cell phone video as Coghill made his routine stop at the group of children waiting for the bus, according to Oklahoma City Police Sergeant Dillon Quirk.
Sgt. Quirk said the father saw Coghill jog by the school bus stop, and then stop and jog back and “then touch the juvenile.”
After he saw the man touch the child, the enraged father tackled the alleged child predator, KFOR reported.
Coghill tried to flee and the men fought and Coghill was injured, The Oklahoman reported.
The police report said officers viewed the video filmed by the child’s father and arrested Coghill at the scene for lewd/indecent acts to a child.
Coghill was transported to Southwest Medical Center for treatment of injuries he sustained when the father tried to detain him at the scene, The Oklahoman reported.
Doctors said Coghill had a skull fracture and a cracked orbital socket on the left side of his face.
However, medical personnel said the accused predator didn’t require surgery and turned him over to Oklahoma City police, The Oklahoman reported.
Police said Coghill was booked into the Oklahoma County jail without incident.
Investigators quickly identified the man accused of stalking and touching children at a bus stop as the discipleship minister at Lakehoma Church of Christ in Mustang, The Oklahoman reported.
The church has since released a statement that said Coghill was no longer employed by the church.
“We were heartbroken to learn of the incident that occurred yesterday morning involving Mike Coghill, our discipleship minister,” the church said in a statement. “And we were shocked to learn this news through social media today.”
“Mike has a clean background check, and we have received no reports or claims against him during his tenure at Lakehoma. Our hearts go out to the family and the child involved in the incident. We would encourage everyone to pray for this family during a very difficult time in their lives,” the statement read.