Church responds to sex abuse allegations against former volunteer

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A Dayton church released a statement Thursday regarding the arrest of a former volunteer.

Jory Leedy is accused of sexually abusing two boys he met while volunteering for Target Ministries in 2012. He is a convicted sex offender and allegedly lied about his name to the boys’ parents so he would not show up in a search.

Here is the church’s full statement:

Target Dayton Ministries recently learned that the government has filed criminal charges against a person, Jory Leedy, who formerly attended Target Dayton Ministries on occasion a few years ago.  Target Dayton Ministries is a Christian outreach effort, primarily to poor and homeless adults in the Dayton region.  Hundreds of volunteers from around the region come to Target Dayton Ministries with the purpose to reach and to care for the poor and homeless in the name of Christ.  Target Dayton Ministries does not have a children’s ministry or a youth ministry because its primary focus is adult ministry.  Target Dayton Ministries has a couple of large vans that we use to pick up adults who want to come to our church for worship and meals.  The vans run regular routes and pick up people in the Dayton region at specified locations, where people are waiting to board the vans.  After the service has ended, the vans return the people to the same route points to be dropped off.

When Mr. Leedy attended Target Dayton Ministries back in 2012, he did volunteer on occasion to help with immediate ministry needs.  On at least one occasion a few years ago, he filled in on an emergency basis for one of our regular van drivers who was not able to drive on a particular day.

Target Dayton Ministries is not personally aware of any connection or contact between Mr. Leedy and the alleged minor victims in the government’s case.  Target Dayton Ministries has no record of the minor victims or their parents ever attending one of our services.  The only information we have is what we have read in the government’s complaint against Mr. Leedy or what has been reported in the news.

Like you, we were deeply saddened to hear the government’s allegations.  We ask that you join us in praying for all concerned, that God will reveal the truth and that he will redeem, heal, and restore the broken lives of those involved.

 

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