Ex-carnival worker convicted of sex, drug offenses

Cary Ashby • Nov 6, 2012 at 5:24 PM

A former carnival worker has been convicted of attempting to get a teenage girl to touch his exposed penis after he gave the victim's friend some marijuana.

Jason J. Conley, 32, of Fremont, pleaded guilty Monday to attempted gross sexual imposition and attempted corruption of a juvenile with drugs. Earlier convicted as a sex offender, the defendant will be sentenced Dec. 18, when he faces six to 12 months on each amended felony.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said he would recommend a prison sentence, if one were imposed on each charge, be served concurrently. The conviction for attempted gross sexual imposition in addition to a previous sex conviction in Sandusky County means Conley will be classified as a Tier II sex offender and will require him to register his address every six months for 25 years.

The Aug. 14 incident happened during the Huron County Fair. Huron County Sheriff's Detective John Harris and Sgt. Chuck Summers investigated the case.

Two 16-year-old Huron County girls approached Conley, who was a ride operator. Leffler said the girls wanted to know if they could buy some marijuana and Conley gave the girls his phone number.

The trio made arrangements to meet later at the ride.

"They were under the ride," Leffler said. "He asked (one girl) if she was cool, if she was a snitch."

After Conley gave one girl some marijuana and she left, he attempted to grab the other victim and unsuccessfully tried to get her to touch his exposed penis, Leffler said.

"She was able to wiggle away from him. ... She used a ruse to get away," the prosecutor said.

Capt. Ted Patrick had estimated the victim left the area under the ride after three minutes and when she did leave, her friend saw she was "visibly upset."

The girl who had been given the marijuana turned the drugs into the substation for the sheriff's office on the fairgrounds. Both girls reported the incident to Huron County Children Services, which notified the sheriff's office.

Leffler, as part of the plea deal with defense attorney Ty Mahaffey, had recommended Conley be released on a personal recognizance bond. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway initially turned down the request, but changed his mind once Conley said his parents could provide transportation so he could submit to weekly drug screens.

"I could make weekly testing," Conley told the judge.

Conley is prohibited from having any contact with any non-family members under the age of 18. He had been in the Huron County Jail for 73 days.

In mid-October 1998, Conley was sentenced to 17 months in prison for a gross sexual imposition conviction through Sandusky County Common Pleas Court. Five months later, a judge granted his motion for early release and placed him on five years of intense probation.

Conley, in mid-December 2009, was sentenced to a 45-day jail sentence for failing to register as a sex offender.

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