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Convicted sex offender indicted on charge of touching girl while employed as carnival worker

Aaron Krause • Oct 8, 2012 at 1:38 PM

A carnival worker and convicted sex offender accused of inappropriately touching a teenage girl after giving her friend marijuana was indicted Friday by a Huron County grand jury.

Of the 15 people indicted, three are accused of crimes involving minors.

Jason J. Conley, 32, of Fremont, is charged with gross sexual imposition, which is punishable by six to 18 months behind bars. The suspected Aug. 14 incident happened during the Huron County Fair and was investigated by Huron County Sheriff's Detective John Harris and Sgt. Chuck Summers.

Conley was approached by two 16-year-old Huron County girls who asked him if he knew where they could buy some marijuana, Huron County Sheriff's Capt. Ted Patrick said. Conley told the girls what time he would be on break and arranged to meet the girls, Patrick said.

The suspect and girls went to an area under the ride where he worked and gave the victim's friend "a very small amount" of marijuana, Patrick said. The second girl then left the area, but waited nearby for the other girl.

About three minutes later, the friend saw the victim come out of the ride area "visibly upset," Patrick said.

"He (Conley) had inappropriate, unsolicited sexual contact with her," Patrick said. "They reported it to an adult and they contacted Children Services."

Huron County Children Services then notified the sheriff's office.

A story about all of the recent indictments was published in Saturday's Reflector.

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