Volunteer church bus driver charged with aggravated sexual abuse of minors

Volunteer church bus driver charged with aggravated sexual abuse of minors

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A federal grand jury has charged a Franklin church volunteer bus driver with two counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving a minor.

The indictment returned in Cincinnati Wednesday alleges that Jory Leedy, 46, sexually abused two minor boys as young as seven and eight years old.

Court documents show Leedy allegedly met the victims through his volunteer work as a bus driver for Target Ministries of Dayton, who provided transportation and assistance in poorer neighborhoods in the Dayton area.

Documents state he convinced the parents to allow the boys to stay at hotels with him on Saturdays in the Cincinnati area for about two years. He allegedly told the parents it would be easier to get them to the church.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's office alleges he took them to see Reds games and Kings Island. They also claim he took them out of state to places like North Carolina, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Indiana and Disney World.

Leedy had allegedly provided the family with a fake name, according to documents. His true identity was discovered during an altercation with the victims' father in which the police were called.

Documents claim police advised the parents of Leedy's true identity and that he was a registered sex offender.

Investigators said it is alleged that the defendant sexually abused the victims consistently for more than two years and that he threatened the victims that if they told anyone what happened he would not able to take them fun places anymore or buy games and clothes for them.

Aggravated sexual abuse involving a person less than 12 years of age carries a potential maximum sentence of up to life in prison.

Acting U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by the FBI and Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, as well as Assistant United States Attorney Christy L. Muncy, who is prosecuting the case.

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