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Man faces multiple felony child-molesting charges

Man faces multiple felony child-molesting charges
Man faces multiple felony child-molesting charges
Leo J. Conley (click for larger version)

A Rhodelia, Ky., man wanted in Harrison County on 19 counts of Class A felony child molesting and a single charge of Class C felony child molesting was arrested Friday in Meade County, Ky. As of Monday afternoon, he was incarcerated in Meade County awaiting extradition to the Harrison County Jail. A full-cash bond is set at $250,000.
Leo J. Conley, 49, is accused of molesting two pre-teen girls between August of 2003 and November 2011 in New Salisbury.
‘In terms of counts and what took place with these girls, you ask yourself, ‘What’s the worst?’ This is right up there with one of the worst cases I’ve ever seen,’ Harrison County Prosecutor J. Otto Schalk said. ‘The things he did to these girls makes you want to throw up.’
According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Investigator Nick Smith of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept., during the course of several years, Conley is accused of showing one of the girls pornographic movies on a computer, forcing both girls to perform oral sex on him, performing oral sex on the girls and sodomizing them (allegedly three or four times with both girls on the same bed). The girls said Conley’s pubic area was shaved at the time of the incidents. In May of this year, deputies with the Meade County Sheriff’s Dept. executed a search warrant and photographed Conley’s pubic region at his residence in Rhodelia, noting that the entire area had been shaved, confirming the accuracy of the girls’ statements.
The affidavit also says that on Nov. 10, 2011, Conley failed a stipulated polygraph test that was taken at the Indiana State Police post in Sellersburg.
If convicted on all 20 counts, Conley could receive a maximum sentence of 958 years in prison.
‘In all likelihood, if he’s convicted, he won’t receive that sentence, but it’s not likely he’ll ever be on the outside of jail ever again,’ Schalk said. ‘That’s the important thing, to get a person like this off the streets.’

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