Lima man, wife enter not guilty pleas to sex charges

By J Swygart -

Christy Holliday

Christy Holliday

LIMA — A Lima man and his wife were arraigned on a variety of sex charges via video conference in Allen County Common Pleas Court Friday morning.

Not guilty pleas were entered on behalf of Jay Holliday and Christy Holliday of Lima on charges ranging from human trafficking to rape to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

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.

During his arraignment Friday, Judge Terri Kohlrieser noted that, if convicted of all charges against him — and if the sentences for those crimes were ordered to be served consecutively — that Jay Holliday is facing “well above 300 years in prison.”

Christy Holliday, 29, of Lima, was arrested this week following her indictment on one count of felonious assault, a second-degree felony; one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a second-degree felony; and one count of sexual battery, a felony of the third degree.

The indictment alleges that on or about March 26 of this year she “or the person with whom she was complicit” did knowingly engage in sexual conduct with a person under the age of 16 years of age. Christy Holliday is also alleged in the indictment to have previously been convicted of a sex-related crime.

Christy Holliday faces up to 25 years behind bars if convicted on all counts against her. She will next appear in court on June 4 for a pre-trial hearing. She is being held on $250,00 bond. Jay Holliday’s next court appearance is set for May 31.

The address for both Jay and Christy Holliday is listed in court records as 609 N. Elizabeth St.

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