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Convicted child molester gets 64 years


March 19, 2014 | 09:00 AM

A Rhodelia, Ky., man convicted of 20 counts of child molesting learned his sentence last week.

On Thursday, Harrison Superior Court Judge Roger D. Davis sentenced Leo John Conley, who was convicted last month of 19 counts of Class A felony child molesting and one count of Class C felony child molesting, to a total of 64 years in prison.

Court records show Conley receiving 32 years for 15 counts, with the sentences to run concurrently, and 32 years for the remaining counts, to run concurrently but consecutive to the earlier counts.

With day-for-day credit, Conley, who is 50, would serve approximately 32 years.

Harrison County Prosecutor J. Otto Schalk said his office, as well as the victims, was "a little disappointed" with the sentencing.

"Probation recommended 514 years, with all to be executed," Schalk said. "We felt after reviewing the case that at least 214 years, with all to be executed, would have been appropriate.

"We were a little disappointed with the sentencing because our goal was for him to receive a sentence that would ensure that the defendant never be able to walk on a street or harm another child ever again," he said. "While we believe we may have achieved that, with him serving 32 years, we cannot say with definitive certainty he will never get out."

Schalk added, "The victims were disappointed. With the sentencing length, the victims certainly shared in our disappointment."

Conley was accused of molesting two girls, who are now 14 and 17, by touching them, engaging in oral sex, attempting to have anal sex and showing the girls pornography.

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    March 20, 2014 | 09:36 AM

    What good is justice in this county if the sheriff catches people, the prosecutor convicts them, and Judge Roger Davis cuts their sentence to let them out early?

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