The Columbus Dispatch


Tuesday, June 15, 1999
NEWS   01C

A Columbus Police sergeant accused of molesting female relatives faces one less accuser now, but more charges.

A Franklin County grand jury indicted Ellis L. Jennings, 36, of Gahanna, yesterday on 50 charges involving two females. The charges include 17 counts of rape, 17 counts of sexual battery, 15 counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of felonious sexual penetration.

Eight of the charges specify that Jennings is a sexually violent predator.

While the indictment increased the number of charges against Jennings -- he faced 28 when arrested last week -- allegations that he molested a third female relative were eliminated. The statute of limitations in that case had apparently expired, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said.

Jennings, who has been a member of the Columbus Police Division for 18 years, is accused of using threats of force to coerce the young women into various sex acts.

He is charged with 38 sex crimes against one female from 1995 to 1998 and 12 crimes against a second female from 1984 to 1987.

Gahanna and Columbus police investigated Jennings, who lives at 209 Moorfield Dr., Gahanna. The alleged abuses did not take place at that address, police reports said.

Jennings was in the Franklin County jail, isolated from the rest of the jail population, in lieu of $700,000 bail.

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