Lima man charged with human trafficking, sex crimes in 52-count indictment

Human trafficking, sex crimes among accusations

By J Swygart -



LIMA — A 52-count indictment alleging a variety of sex-related crimes has been handed down by an Allen County grand jury against a Lima man.

Jay Holliday, 39, was indicted on two counts of trafficking in persons/involuntary servitude, felonies of the first degree; four counts of rape, first-degree felonies; 15 counts of sexual battery, third-degree felonies; 14 counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, second-degree felonies; and 15 counts of felonious assault, second-degree felonies.

The charges apparently stem from alleged incidents involving two young girls that reportedly occurred from March 1, 2018, through March 29 of this year in Lima.

The trafficking charges including the allegation that Holliday did “knowingly recruit, lure, entice, isolate, harbor, transport, provide, obtain or maintain … another person when (he) knew that the other person would be subjected to involuntary servitude.”

The felonious assault indictments allege that Holliday engaged in sexual conduct with a person under the age of 18 “with knowledge that he has tested positive as a carrier of a virus that causes AIDS.”

The charges of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor alleged that the victims were between the ages of 13 and 16 years of age. Those alleged incidents took place between March 1 and June 1, 2018, according to the indictments.

Holliday first appeared in Lima Municipal Court in early April after initially being charged with a third-degree count of sexual battery for alleged sexual conduct with an individual who was 17 years old at the time.

Municipal Court Judge Tammie Hursh set bond at $500,000 and ordered Holliday to have no contact with two females listed in court documents. He was also ordered not to be at 609 N. Elizabeth St. in Lima, where the alleged acts reportedly took place.

Hursh also, at the request of prosecutors, ordered the arrest warrant and affidavit for Holliday to be placed under seal and kept from public review and scrutiny “until further order of the state.”

Prosecutors had argued that allowing the details of the case to become public “could seriously jeopardize the investigation, as well as seriously prejudice all parties involved in the case,” according to court records.

Holliday’s case was bound over to Allen County Common Pleas Court, where he will be arraigned Friday morning. He is represented by Attorney John Hopkins. His first pre-trial is scheduled for May 31 in common pleas court.

Human trafficking, sex crimes among accusations

By J Swygart

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