Knox Co. sex offender admits altering child's birth certificate

Knox County sex offender pleads guilty to altering child's birth certificate

Don Allen Coleman (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Don Allen Coleman (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A registered violent sex offender pleaded guilty in a Knox County court Monday to altering a child's birth certificate.

Don Allen Coleman, 37, pleaded guilty to tampering or fabricating evidence. He was arrested in November 2012 after an investigation by the Knox County Sheriff's Office Sex Offender Registry Enforcement Unit.

Under the rules of the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry, Coleman who was convicted of aggravated sexual battery of a 9-year-old, cannot live with a child that is not his biological child and cannot be a step-parent.

Investigators discovered he changed the birth certificate to show he was the child's biological father in an effort to be permitted by state law to live with the child.

Coleman entered a plea agreement Monday that removed his name from the birth certificate and gave him a four-year suspended sentence with supervised probation.

Coleman has another trial date set for January 20, 2014 for eight additional violations of the sex offender registry and perjury.

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