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Former volunteer bus driver Jory Leedy of Franklin, Ohio has been sentenced to 30 years in prison, federal prosecutors report. (Mug shot)

Ex-Church Bus Driver Sentenced for Sexually Abusing Two Boys

By Associated Press

A man who sexually abused two young boys he met while serving as a volunteer bus driver for a church was sentenced to 30 years in prison, according to federal prosecutors.

Jory Leedy, 51, of Franklin, Ohio had pleaded guilty in June 2019 on the day his trial was due to start. Authorities said he is a registered sex offender who had provided the victims’ parents with a false name.

Leedy met the boys, who prosecutors say were around 7 and 8 years old at the time, while serving as a volunteer driver for Target Dayton Ministries in Dayton, Ohio. The children and their mother rode the bus to the church on Sundays, and Leedy would stop by their home to play with the boys and eat dinner with the family.

Leedy soon stopped volunteering as a bus driver, but began going to the family’s home on a nightly basis. He began buying the boys clothes and games and took them on several trips, both local and out of state.

He also arranged for the family to buy a car, helped enroll the boys in a private school and paid part of the family’s rent for a home that was owned by a friend of his.

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Leedy’s true identity and sex offender status was discovered after an altercation with the boys’ father in which police were called. Sexual abuse in church settings has been an ongoing concern for many church leaders nationwide.

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4 thoughts on “Ex-Church Bus Driver Sentenced for Sexually Abusing Two Boys”

  1. Greg Brenneman

    This is when discernment alarm bells should have gone off:
    – He began buying the boys clothes and games and took them on several trips, both local and out of state.

    I cannot imagine a parent allowing the out of state trips with this man, even if nothing had been suspected. Seems like classic signs of grooming to me. I wonder if the altercation occurred when the father decided to put a stop to what has happening?

    Perhaps we should train children AND parents to recognize signs of grooming by predators. Also, the background check (if there was one) did not work, or the false name would have exposed him.

    1. Dawn Zimmerman

      Agreed that parents need to be suspicious of adult men who want to befriend their children/teens and take them away on overnight trips.

  2. When are we as a society going to start executing convicted pedophiles?
    Hanging is too good for them! One would think that someone who harms a child like that would want to die at the hands in the name of justice.

    1. William Graham

      As soon as we start executing adulterers. The stench of an adulterer’s sin is sickening and worthy of death.

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