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The second of three co-defendants said to be part of what's been called organized crime, was sentenced to prison on Friday. James Hershberger will spend four and a half years in prison for a charge of sexual battery. Charges of rape and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor were dropped as part of the plea deal. Investigators said Hershberger took part in organized sex crimes with Jay and Christy Holliday. The judge called it the "systematic abuse of a young girl". Hershberger was initially ruled incompetent to stand trial before intensive therapy helped restore him. He will have to register as a tier 3 sex offender.
A man accused of rape has agreed to a negotiated deal with prosecutors. James Hershberger returned to court on Friday where he changed his plea to guilty on a charge of sexual battery. Charges of rape and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor were dropped. The maximum penalty he could face is five years in prison. Hershberger was recently ruled competent to stand trial after four months of treatment. Hershberger is a co-defendant in the case with Christy and Jay Holliday. Jay Holliday was sentenced to 156 years in prison on 24 sex crimes with minors. Hershberger will have to register as a tier 3 sex offender and sentencing is set for April 3, 2020. His bond was also lowered from $250,000 to $50,000.
156 years. That's how long 39-year-old Jay Holliday was sentenced to spend behind bars in Allen County Common Pleas Court. Holliday, who took a plea deal back in January, pleaded guilty to 12 counts of sexual battery and 12 counts of felonious assault - the latter of which were for sexual conduct with a minor while knowing that he was a carrier of AIDS. Holliday will also have to register as a Tier 3 sex offender.
In a negotiated plea deal, a Lima man charged with 52 sex-related crimes has agreed to plead to about half of his charges. Jay Holliday pleaded guilty to 12 counts of sexual battery and 12 counts of felonious assault. His remaining 28 charges, including human trafficking and rape, were dropped. Court records say the felonious assault charges were for sexual conduct with a minor and knowingly being a carrier of AIDS. Holliday's wife Christy and James Hershberger are co-defendants in the case. Hershberger was ruled incompetent to stand trial in October. He was scheduled to be re-evaluated after six months. Christy Holliday has a trial scheduled for April. Holliday will have to register as a tier three sex offender. He will be sentenced on February 4, 2020.
The wife of a Lima man who was indicted on 52 felony counts, including human trafficking, is facing similar charges. 29-year-old Christy Holliday is facing one count each of felonious assault, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, and sexual battery. In her indictment, she is accused of having sex with a person under the age of 16. She is married to 39-year-old Jay Holliday, who is facing multiple counts of the same charges, along with felonious assault, and two trafficking counts.