LOGAN — A Sugar Grove man accused of sexually molesting a juvenile is being held at Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail on a $250,000 cash or surety bond.
Sixty-four-year-old John Roley was indicted by a Hocking County Grand Jury on five charges, including two counts of rape, one count of sexual battery, one count of gross sexual imposition and one count of kidnapping. He was arrested and booked at SEORJ on Thursday, May 23 and was arraigned on Tuesday.
Larry Beal, Roley’s defense attorney, entered a not guilty plead for his client and agreed with Hocking County Prosecutor Bill Archer that a no-contact order with the alleged victim should be in place.
While discussing the bond amount, Archer called the charges “serious sex abuse allegations” and requested a $250,000 cash or surety bond because Roley has a prior record of this type of behavior.
In November 1984, Roley pleaded guilty to abuse of a young girl and was given six months incarceration, fined $1,000, and placed on probation for three years.
“From my understanding, he has a history of this,” Archer told the court, adding that there are concerns about him re-offending or intimidating the victim’s family.
Beal favored a lower bond amount, stating that the victim’s family is aware of the allegations and are doing everything to keep the victim from crossing paths with Roley.
“Other than this incident here, we believe he is not a threat to the community,” Beal told the court.
Ultimately, Hocking County Common Pleas Court Judge Wallace put a no-contact order in place between Roley and the alleged victim and set his bond amount at $250,000.
Roley is accused of touching the juvenile three times since February. The alleged victim told a friend at school about it, and law enforcement were notified.
During a search of Roley’s residence, 89 guns were confiscated from his home on Roley Road.