Ohio church bus driver gets 30 years in prison for sexually abusing children
CINCINNATI, Ohio – A southwest Ohio man convicted of sexually abusing young children met his victims while volunteering as a bus driver for a religious organization, federal prosecutors said.
Jory Leedy, 51, of Franklin, was sentenced in a US district court to 30 years in prison on Friday. At least two of his victims were boys aged 7 and 8, prosecutors said. Leedy pleaded guilty in June 2019 to charges of sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 12.
Victims told police the abuse took place for two years and occurred in different states, including Kentucky, Florida and New York.
Court documents show Leedy met his victims through a religious organization in Dayton, where he volunteered as a bus driver. The children and their mother took the bus to the ministry on Sunday, documents said. He then started going to the family home to play with the children and have dinner.
He stopped volunteering as a bus driver soon after, but started going to the family residence every night, according to the documents, to buy clothes and games for the children. He used a false name while he was with the family.
Prosecutors say he started taking the boys to church in Cincinnati and on trips to the zoo, the Reds games and Kings Island. He also took the boys on vacations out of state, including church concerts and Disney World.
Leedy helped the family buy a car and also helped the boys enroll in private school. He also helped the family find another home that belonged to a friend of his, paying part of the rent, according to court documents.
The family learned Leedy’s true identity after an altercation with the children’s father, prosecutors said. Police responded and revealed Leedy’s true identity and told the family he was a registered sex offender.
Court documents show Leedy admitted that between 1999 and 2001, he sexually assaulted a then-underage parent while taking the boy on trips to sporting events.