June 3, 2019
By Paula Christian
A Franklin man accused of driving a church bus into poor neighborhoods in order to meet and sexually victimize young boys faces a jury in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati on Monday.
Jory Leedy, 49, faces three charges of taking boys as young as 9 years old on overnight trips as far away as Florida and Canada, and as close as Kings Island and Crossroads Church, in order to engage in sexual abuse. He faces a possible life sentence if convicted.
The trial before U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black will last a week. Prosecutors will likely call witnesses from Leedy’s past to allege a pattern of abuse that goes back 20 years, according to court documents.
Leedy became a registered sex offender after a 2002 conviction for gross sexual imposition in Montgomery County involving an 11-year-old boy who he had met through Big Brothers. He served two years in prison, according to court documents.
A decade later Leedy was a volunteer bus driver for Target Dayton Ministries in 2012, transporting residents of poor neighborhoods to church, when he met two brothers, ages 7 and 8, and their mother, according to court documents.
“A few weeks after meeting the family Leedy, got permission from the mother to start taking the victims to his church, Crossroads, located in Cincinnati,” according to a search warrant affidavit from Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department Detective Donald Minnich. “The boys would be picked up every Sunday morning and then dropped off later Sunday evening. Leedy also began taking the victims on trips to the zoo, Kings Island, Reds games and other places for the day.”
Leedy bought the family a car, paid part of the family’s rent, helped the boys enroll in East Dayton Christian School and took the boys on frequent trips to Florida, North Carolina, Georgia and New Jersey, according to Minnich’s affidavit.
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