Ex-church bus driver took kids on vacation, helped family find new home while he molested the children

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Source: MEGA; Butler County Sheriff's Office

Jun. 13 2021, Published 11:35 a.m. ET

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A registered sex offender used a fake name and drove a church bus to gain a family’s confidence, only to molest their children for years.

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The convict also helped the family find a new home and took the children on vacations while the abuse happened.

Jory Leedy, 51, previously pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a minor under the age of 12. He entered his plea in June 2019, but he was sentenced last week, and a federal judge in Ohio ordered him to serve 30 years behind bars.

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Leedy met his victims through a church group in Dayton, Ohio, where he volunteered as a bus driver, according to federal prosecutors. He sexually abused at least two boys, who were as young as 7 years old.

The children and their mother rode the bus on Sundays to the church. Leedy would then stop by the family’s home to play with the boys and eat dinner with the family, according to prosecutors.

When he started to visit the family, he stopped volunteering as a bus driver.

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Leedy then started to visit the family on a nightly basis and bought the children clothes and games. He continued to grow the relationship with the family and took the boys to church in Cincinnati, Ohio, baseball games, the zoo and amusement parks.

He then took the boys on out-of-state vacations — to religious concerts and Disney World.

Leedy helped the family purchase a car and enroll the boys in private school, prosecutors stated. He also helped the family find a new home that was owned by a friend of his and Leedy paid part of the rent.

The victims told police that abuse happened over two years and in several states.

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It turned out Leedy was using a fake name with the family and it was only discovered when he got into a fight with the victims’ father and police were called. Officers then told the family Leedy’s real name and that he was a registered sex offender.

In addition to that abuse, Leedy also admitted that between 1999 and 2001, he sexually abused a minor relative who he would take on trips for sporting events.

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