Jury Considers Charges Against Deputy, Wife

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - A jury resumed deliberations on Friday morning in the sexual misconduct case against a Stark County sheriff's deputy and his wife.

The jury in Stark County Common Pleas Court began considering the cases Thursday.

John Conley and his wife Carmen Conley are accused of engaging in sex acts and giving alcohol to teen-age boys who frequented their home in late 2000 and early 2001.

Carmen Conley, 29, denied the allegations Thursday morning.

Those who testified about almost daily visits to the Conley home in a Bethlehem Township trailer park exaggerated, she said. And those who claimed to be intimate with her are lying.

Assistant Stark County Prosecutor Jonathan Baumoel said the Conleys are sexual predators who made the children feel secure, then took advantage of them.

John Conley, 31, is charged with three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, complicity to the same charge, two counts of furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors and sexual imposition. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. He is on leave from the Sheriff's Department pending the trial's outcome.

His wife is charged with two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. She could get up to 10 years if found guilty.

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