Court records detail past of arrested county official

Court records detail past of arrested county official

By Michael Lopardi. CREATED May 29, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A Clark County official accused of soliciting or engaging in child prostitution has two previous misdemeanor cases involving minors, according to court records.

Donald G. Coburn pleaded no contest to charges of furnishing liquor to a minor and annoying a minor in White Pine County, Nevada, in 1992, court records show. The court treated that as a guilty plea, documents said. The jail sentence was suspended for community service and court fines, according to the court sentencing order dated Sept. 23,1992.

The public records show a juvenile, whose name was redacted, accused Coburn of providing him and other juveniles with alcohol. Coburn denied the accusations and claimed he allowed the juveniles to sober up at his house, but without notifying their parents, the records state. The documents, released by the county clerk's office, are part of a court arbitration ruling after Coburn was fired from his position as a White Pine County deputy sheriff in October, 1992.

Coburn worked for Clark County for roughly 17 years, serving the last nine months as code enforcement administrator, the county confirmed. He is currently taking vacation time as the latest legal issue is resolved, the county said. Coburn's previous court case has led some to question whether the county was aware of his past when he was hired.

"He got a job because it was a misdemeanor and a misdemeanor doesn't preclude you from being hired at the county," said county commission chair Steve Sisolak.

Sisolak said applicants for county jobs are not required to disclose misdemeanor convictions and Coburn had no issues during his employment with the county.

"There was no misrepresentations on his application," said Sisolak. "I asked that question this morning. Now, what's disclosed and what's misrepresented, I guess that's open to interpretation."

No one answered the door at Coburn's listed address. Clark County courts have yet to release documents detailing the latest accusation.

Court records show Coburn posted $5,000 bond and has another court hearing scheduled for Sept. 23.